Milwaukee, WI

AU received a complaint that the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center had scheduled a mandatory meeting for all inmates with representatives from Prison Fellowship Ministries. Prison Fellowship Ministries is the Evangelical Christian organization that operates the Innerchange Freedom Initiative prison rehabilitation program that AU successfully challenged in Iowa. AU wrote to the prison to advise officials that coercing inmates to attend religious programs violates the Establishment Clause. Prison officials informed AU that, as a result of the letter, the prison had made attendance at the meeting voluntary. Prison officials also expressed their desire to comply in the future with the requirements of the Establishment Clause.