By Diana Hsieh
Given the choice between jail and church, which would you choose?The mugger says: "Your money or your life!" The judge says, "Jail or Jesus!" Both are violations of rights.
The small southern Alabama town of Bay Minette is giving non-violent offenders a chance to pick between lockup and the Lord.
Beginning next week, Operation ROC (Restore Our Community) will have a city judge offer those found guilty of misdemeanors the choice between working off their offenses in jail and paying a fine or attending the church of their choice every week for a year. WKRG-TV in Mobile, Ala., reported 56 churches in North Baldwin County are participating in the program.