First Amendment

Griffin v. Coughlin

Conditioning desirable privilege such as family visitation on a prisoner’s participation in program that incorporated Alcoholics Anonymous doctrine was unconstitutional because it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

In re Garcia

A Washington court held that mandating attendance AA/NA classes does violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  But where alternative classes without religious-based content are provided, there is no constitutional violation.

Jackson v. Nixon

The Eighth Circuit ruled that requiring a Missouri prisoner to attend and complete a non-secular substance abuse program in order to be eligible for early parole violated the Establishment Clause. 

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