Monday, September 26, 2011

Truth Is Stranger #126: Sentenced to Church Attendance

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say non-violent offenders in southern Alabama will have a new choice: Go to jail, or go to church every Sunday for a year.

WKRG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/qpxXJX) that Operation Restore Our Community begins next week....

More here. I have no idea if this is constitutional, but I think it's kinda cool.

My big question is how many people will choose jail--or be the first convict to quip to the judge "Geez, judge, what's the difference?"

4 comments:

Clayton said...

Depending upon the sensibilities of the liturgist, that could be a painful sentence.

Christine said...

I'm just really glad to see that it's opt-in for the churches. I'm sure that pastors are going to catch a lot of heat for it from some of the old-fashioned members of their churches. "They're coming here as a punishment?!"

Pennycake said...

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2010/11/10/irishman-avoids-prison-by-making-pilgrimage/
via http://badcatholicblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/do-something-crazy.html

http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2010/09/man-must-climb-croagh-patrick-after.html

Pennycake said...

"There is still a tradition in Flanders of freeing one prisoner a year under the condition that this prisoner walk to Santiago wearing a heavy backpack, accompanied by a guard."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James