Church hits at jail claim

Source: Mirror
Date: March 27, 1998

Church of Scientology leaders have rejected claims that they are "canvassing" for new members in Irish prisons.

The controversial church is contacting violent criminals offering them a place on their "Criminon" rehabilitation programme.

But spokesman Graham Wilson dismissed reports that this was a strategy to recruit new members.

"This programme is running in America and judges are even placing prisoners on it because t has proved such an overwhelming success," said Wilson.

"This is a service with a proven track record which is helping re- integrate prisoners into society.

"It is misleading to say we are recruiting rapists and murderers to join our Church."

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