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Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum.

U.S. Appeals Court

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE

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Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum, 324 F.3d 880 (7th Cir. 2003). A taxpayer group sought to enjoin state authorities from funding a halfway house that incorporated Christianity into its treatment program, alleging that such funding constituted establishment of religion. Following a bench trial, the district court entered judgment in favor of the state. The taxpayers appealed and the appeals court affirmed, finding that the funding did not violate the Establishment Clause. The court noted that offenders were free to choose between the halfway house and secular programs, there was not evidence that parole officers were influenced by their own religious beliefs in recommending the halfway house or other programs to offenders, and all the other programs with which the state contracted were secular. The halfway house incorporated programs similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. (Faith Works Milwaukee, Inc.)
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Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2003
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