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Jail Ministry Volunteer Jailed

News release from TBI:
Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Dunlap, Tenn. man for sexual contact with an inmate at the Sequatchie County Jail where he was volunteering his services to help the prisoners.
Charles Rawlins, 63, of 198 Elm Street, Dunlap, Tenn. was arrested yesterday and charged with sexual contact with an inmate and coercion of a witness. On July 22, 2011, TBI and the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations that Rawlins was having sexual contact with an inmate while volunteering with the jail ministry program and overseeing the Sequatchie County food bank where inmates work. Earlier, this week Rawlins approached a witness in the investigation who felt threatened by a comment Rawlins made about the case against him.
Rawlins was booked into the Sequatchie County Jail where he’s being held without bond until a court appearance on August 19, 2011.

Court Says ‘Religious’ TN Prisoner Can Get White Supremacist Mail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer won the right Wednesday to wage a court fight to receive hate-filled white supremacist material in a Tennessee prison because he claims it’s part of his religion.
A federal appeals court ruled that a U.S. district judge should not have dismissed Anthony Hayes’ lawsuit against Tennessee and its prison system.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived Hayes’ lawsuit, saying it was improperly dismissed because neither the lower court nor the state of Tennessee addressed whether barring Hayes from receiving the mailings violated a federal law that strengthens religious freedom.
The law, known at the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, has been used by a variety of prisoners in legal battles.
It’s not clear if the state will appeal. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Attorney General’s office said lawyers are reviewing the ruling.

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