Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Prison Ministry Ends
Iowa state prison officials are closing a Bible-based treatment program run by Prison Fellowship Ministries after a Five-year federal court battle. The Inner Change Freedom Initiative will be terminated prison spokesman Fred Scaletta said, following a circuit court decision last December that prohibits taxpayers funding of such programs. The eight year-old Newton program has operated solely on donations sense last July 1. Prison Fellowship had a three-year state contract that ends in June but can be terminated when enrollment falls below 60 inmates. Prison Fellowship will still be welcome to minister to inmates at the Newton prison, Scaletta told the Des Moines Register"on a volunteer basis. There will be no funds allocated or applied in any way."