April 29, 2006

I Read Maps About Texas

by PG

[Extended reference.]

Not read them often, as they're dull and have info I need not know. But if you follow them back to the homeland this one time, Marty Lederman's concern may not grow. I think Prof. Lederman may have muddled two different faith-based programs together in his post, "A Blatantly Unconstitutional Federal Religion-in-Prisons Program." According to the DOJ site he linked, Life Connections Pilot Program Sites are Federal Correctional Institution, Milan, Michigan; U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas; Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas; Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg, Virginia; Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville, California. These are probably the same five sites from the Clinton Administration:

In September 2000, the Executive Staff of the Federal Bureau of Prisons approved a concept which would initiate a pilot program of multi-faith Residential Faith-based Pre-release Program. This voluntary program, Life Connections, will initially be located in five institutions in various regions of the country. The program will be available to men and women inmates.
Carswell, TX is some distance from the sites mentioned in Prof. Lederman's other link: "Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Seagoville, Low Security; Federal Correctional Complex Beaumont, Low Security; United States Penitentiary Hazelton, Secure Female Unit; FCI Fort Dix, Low Security; FCI Edgefield, Medium Security; and FCI Tucson, Medium Security."

I'm not objecting to Prof. Lederman's claims of unconstitutionality, only to his confusing what appear to be two different faith-based proposals: one that originated during the Clinton administration and is more multi-faith oriented, and another that appears to be of Bushian provenance and calling for single-faith programs.

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