DLaycock at law.utexas.edu
Fri Jun 2 16:20:50 PDT 2006
I don't have a link, and I don't want to clog all your boxes with a
massive attachment, but I just received from the New York Times a
sweeping opinion from the Southern District of Iowa, striking down
Prison Fellowship's state funded program in the Iowa prisons. Americans
United (quoted below) claims a massive victory. And on a very quick
skim, I think that's right. The program sounds very similar to the
proposed federal program we were debating a few days ago. Of course I
assume that Iowa and Prison Fellowship will appeal.
University of Texas Law School
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
The court just handed down the InnerChange decision. It is 140
pages long and permanently enjoins the program so long as it is funded
by government dollars. It also orders "recoupment," which means
payments back from Prison Fellowship Ministries to the state, of more
than $1.5 million. (Those monies have to go back to the funds within
the prison system to benefit inmates, from which they were taken.) We
haven't read the decision yet, obviously, and will send a summary when
we have. But it is obviously a massive victory.
Richard B. Katskee
Assistant Legal Director
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
518 C St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202-466-3234, x210
katskee at au.org
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