Thursday, February 06, 2003

Captive Audience-Interesting piece here where the Orange County (Orlando area) Jail had been giving time off of sentences for going to prison church services. Muslims complained, of course, and the practice had been discontinued. Rather than stop the policy, why not extend it to Muslim services (that are just begining to start) as well? It seems to serve a valid rehabilitative secular cause (people who are more religious tend to be less likely to recommit crimes) and if it was extended to other faiths, it would seem to be First Ammendment friendly. What about atheists or people who follow off-brand religions? It doesn't exclude them directly, but if they can come up with alternative programs that will reduce recitivism, go for it.

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