Appeals Court Revives Inmate’s Lawsuit Challenging Religion in Early Release Program

Written by Don Byrd
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last week reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an inmate who objected to religious content in an early release program. Randall Jackson, an atheist, claimed his First Amendment rights were violated when he was required to participate in a religious substance abuse treatment program as a condition of his early release on parole.

The District Court dismissed the case, but on appeal that ruling was overturned to allow the suit to continue.