Communion Wine in Prison Bill

By: Wendy Neuberger
By: Wendy Neuberger

It's now up to Gov. Doyle to decide if prison inmates can drink communion wine despite a state law forbidding them to.

The state Senate and Assembly both voted yes. The exemption would allow inmates to consume up to two ounces of wine in a religious service.

Supporters say wine is a fundamental part of Christianity and preventing it encroaches on the inmates' religious freedom, but corrections officials worry the exemption would make it harder to curb the alcohol abuse that landed so many prisoners behind bars in the first place.

Gov. Doyle has not said whether he will sign it.

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