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Bayou Dorcheat changing policy forcing inmates to attend church

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MINDEN, LA (KSLA) -

Prayer and prison. Does it mix?

Some inmates and even those in charge said it doesn't blend, based on certain Louisiana guidelines.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said he has reviewed the policy, and believes Bayou Dorcheat Jail was in fact infringing on the rights of certain prison inmates. Some of them were made to attend functions like Alcoholics Anonymous, which features religious elements.

Sexton reviewed the policy on the heels of several complaints by some work release inmates, and now that he's looked at it, he said some changes are coming.

“And so what we're going to do is we're going to offer those programs and not going to make it mandatory,” said Sexton.

Sexton does make a distinction between an inmate and a work release inmate however. The policy change will only affect the work release inmates.

The programs were mandated in hopes of having a positive impact on the inmates, he said.

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