A judge in Oklahoma admits his decision to require church attendance during probation probably wouldn’t withstand an appeal. But until someone challenges the practice, he will keep doing it.

District Judge Mike Norman sentenced 17-year-old Tyler Alred earlier this month to 10 years probation for DUI manslaughter. Among the conditions of the probation, Allred must attend a weekly church service of his choosing.

Norman told the Associated Baptist Press that it’s not the first time he has ordered church attendance as a condition in a case, but never for someone so young or for so serious a crime.

“I told my preacher I thought I led more people to Jesus than he had but, then again, more of my people have amnesia,” Norman said. “They soon forget once they get out of jail.”

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