Secular Humanists Sue Over Faith Groups’ Contract with Prisons Agency

Faith-based substance abuse and transitional housing program for released prisoners under attack

Associated Press 

May 19, 2007 – Post

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – State prison officials Friday denied an allegation contained in a lawsuit that agreements with two faith-based contractors to provide transitional housing for released prisoners are unconstitutional.

The Council for Secular Humanism and two private citizens filed the lawsuit Thursday in circuit court in Leon County, alleging that the Department of Corrections’ contract with the two faith-based groups violates the state constitution’s prohibition on state revenue going to aid “any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

The lawsuit called for DOC contracts with Prisoners of Christ Inc. and Lamb of God Ministries to be ruled unconstitutional and be discontinued.

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