What happens when your plan to give non-violent criminals the option of going to church instead of jail makes its way into the media?
Everyone complains. The media calls. You realize this plan isn’t going to go under-the-radar like you had hoped.
That’s why Police Chief Michael Rowland in Bay Minette, Alabama is reconsidering his idea… or, in his words, he’s “running it back through” with an attorney:
Implementation of a church-based alternative sentencing plan in Bay Minette that has drawn national attention will be delayed for several weeks while lawyers give it another once-over to make sure there are no legal issues, according to the Police Chief Michael Rowland.…
“We are just simply running it back through for final legal review and a final stamp of approval by the city attorney,” Rowland said. “If he gives us that, then we’re going to move forward with it on the next court day, which will be Oct. 11. And I believe that’s going to happen,” he said.
Umm… no. It won’t. But he can have his pipe dreams.
Kudos to everyone who wrote letters and blog posts and status updates regarding this issue. Your continuing pressure is going to put a stop to this program.