ACLU: Alabama ban on sex offender camp questionable


CLANTON, Ala. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says an Alabama law meant to shut down a church-run camp for convicted sex offenders might be unconstitutional.

Randall Marshall of the ACLU’s Alabama office says the new law may conflict with a state constitutional amendment designed to protect religious freedom.

Pastor Ricky Martin says his religious rights are being violated by a law that forced him to shut down a refuge for sex offenders in central Alabama this week. But he hasn’t filed any legal challenge.

State Rep. Kurt Wallace says the law he sponsored is designed to shutter a camp where sex offenders have lived behind Martin’s church in Chilton County. He says he wants to protect the public.

Martin says he’s trying to follow biblical commands to help the outcast.

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