Was an Oregon prisoner forced to remain in jail because of his Christian faith? An attorney alleges it really did happen.
Pacific Justice Institute has filed suit in federal district court in Oregon on behalf of now-former state prisoner Timothy Krueger.
Krueger, who serving a two-year sentence for driving on a revoked license, was expecting an early release due to good behavior.
PJI alleges the inmate ran into trouble with a counselor over his outspoken Christian faith, and his certificate and a medallion were later taken away. He had to remain in jail after it was recommended that he remain behind bars.
The lawsuit was filed against New Directions Northwest (NDN), the private company that runs the program Krueger participated in, and the Oregon Department of Corrections.
PJI attorney Brad Dacus tells OneNewsNow that Krueger participated in the program for an early release and completed the program. But the attorney claims it was snatched from his client for one reason: his Christian faith.
"He was denied the ability to be released earlier because he used religion 'as a crutch,'" Dacus says, referring to what Krueger was allegedly told. "The bottom line is this prisoner was kept in jail six months longer because of his Christian faith and his giving God the credit for his transformation and success."
New Directions Northwest did not respond to OneNewsNow for comment, and the Oregon Department of Corrections said it cannot comment on pending litigation.