Court Dismantles Christian Prison Program

The "God Pod" unit at Tarrant County Jail near Dallas, Texas, which offered a 120-day Christian curriculum to inmates, was dismantled this summer, following the Texas Supreme Court ruling that it indicated an "official endorsement of religion," reported Charisma News. The Tarrant County program was founded in 1992 by then-Sheriff David Williams and Chaplain Hugh Atwell. But the following year, two former inmates (one Jewish, the other a Jehovah's Witness) sued. In 1997 a state court ruled that the unit was constitutional. But recently the State Supreme Court said the unit conveyed the "impermissible message that the county preferred the personal religious views of the sheriff and chaplain over other views."

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