Sep 19, 2011
Date Resolved

AU learned that the Federal Bureau of Prisons had issued a solicitation seeking proposals for the provision of single-faith, residential re-entry programs at six federal prisons.  The solicitation created a preference for religious programs and organizations over secular ones; created a preference for instruction in a single faith over multi-faith programming; appeared designed to favor one particular religious organization; and contained no prohibitions against the use of federal funds to support religious activity.  AU wrote a letter in April 2006 to the Attorney General and to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, asking them either to withdraw the solicitation or to eliminate its constitutional infirmities.  AU attorneys then met with Bureau and Justice Department officials.  On October 26, 2006, the Bureau cancelled its solicitation for single-faith re-entry programs.