Oklahoma City, OK

AU learned that a Christian prison ministry was pursuing plans to open a privately-owned prison in Oklahoma. The ministry then planned to seek a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to house inmates at this facility, which would require inmates to participate in religious activities. We sent a letter to the Department of Corrections noting that any such contract would likely violate the separation of church and state. The Department’s Director contacted us and assured us that he understood our concerns and that the Department had no intention of entering into any contracts with the prison ministry.