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Arkansas Officials Confident Prison Faith Program is Constitutional

JUNE 6, 2006 - Posted at 10:32 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas prison officials said yesterday that they don't believe a new faith-based prison program will be affected by a federal court's ruling that the initiative is unconstitutional.

Last week a federal judge in Iowa ruled that the state's Bible-based program is unconstitutional because state dollars were used to promote Christianity to inmates.

But Governor Huckabee says Arkansas' program uses only private dollars for its InnerChange Freedom Initiative, which he dedicated last week.

Barry Lynn, executive director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says the Iowa ruling should serve as a warning to other states that offer Biblical programs in their prisons.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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