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Judge tells offenders to go to jail or church
By QMI Agency
Go to jail or go to church for a year.
That's the unique option being offered to non-violent offenders in a southern Alabama town.
According to The News Tribune, the city judge in Bay Minette will let misdemeanour offenders choose to work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year.
If offenders select church, the paper says, they'll be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police.
If the one-year church attendance program is completed, the offender's case will be dismissed.
Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland told the Tribune that the program could change the lives of people heading down the wrong path.
So far, 56 churches are participating.