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Church or jail? An Alabama alternative to incarceration program on hold

from ABC News

A Bay Minette, Ala., alternative to incarceration program that asks first-time, nonviolent offenders to choose between church or jail, was slated to start this week but is being delayed for legal review by city officials, said Bay Minette Mayor Jamie Tillery. The Restore Our Community program, called Operation ROC, was developed for those convicted of first-time misdemeanors, offering them the opportunity to either attend church once a week for a year and answer questions about the services, or go to jail and pay a fine. Right away, the program sparked controversy. more


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