Barry Hazle sued The State of CA, Probation and The Treatment Center he was forced to.

This is an older but VERY Important STORY. Please listen to this podcast of Barry Hazle and John Heller his attorney. AMAZING story. Hazle VS B Crow Foote

  1. He complained to the counselors there.
  2. Then went over his head and complained to the program director
  3. Grieved through his parole officer
  4. asked what did he have to do to have his rights respected
  5. He was told to do a 602- a form for inmate grievances and attach a piece a paper with  all his issues. His 602 was denied. Told he had to go back to prison.
  6. Understanding our 1st Amendment is key
  7. Found all the cases he could find that showed violations of 1 st amendment cases and treatment.
  8. He wrote down everything he could remember from start to finish. He feels it was key to winning the lawsuit. Documenting everything.
  9. The best thing that represents the problems he had with AA, is that they had issued you a Big Book ( WestCare – in Redding )
  10. They told him its spiritual not religious! Barry said “they mean the same damn thing “
  11. West Care get $4,000-$5,000 an inmate .
  12. The Establishment clause protects all people from any religious persuasion.
  13. Is there some type of state action involved? The State was requiring him to go . John Heller , attorney said.
  14. Is he compelled? Yes – the element to participate was present. That’s what the establishment clause protects us from.
  15. HAZELTON is a huge publishing huge arm for pushing AA literature.
  16. They went to trial in Sacramento in 2010. West Care was in the lawsuit. They only contracted with 12 step programs.
  17. They went to the next trial in the higher court. That Barry Was entitled to some sort of settlement.
  18. In discovery -They did hear from WEST CARE that 12 step was not religious.  Not true. But they kept saying this.
  19. Chapter 4 in the Big Book The Agnostics.
  20. West Care is a non profit.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery/2014/12/10/barry-hazle-wins-19-million-in-lawsuit-for-being-sent-to-aa-based-rehab-or-jail

THE DOC ( Department of Corrections) is coercing Everyone out of Prison System to AA (alcoholics anonymous) Meetings, Sober Living, 12 step “treatment” (wtf is that)….etc…with American TAX Payers Dollars!

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First off I want to reiterate what Maureen Maher said in her pre video to the CBS 48 hours piece, The Sober Truth that AA is not a professional treatment. Its just a support group….a fellowship….a lay persons support group. So why would the DOC be sending every body there, even those with no alcohol or drug issues?

Last Tuesday I interviewed Barry Hazle on my blog talk radio show…www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery who had sued the state of California, his probation office and the 12 step rehab he was forced to attend and won 1.9 Million dollars.

Barry Is an atheist.

During the interview I asked Barry a question . Something I have been fearing might be true. Something that makes AA and it’s intrencment into american society a scary reality. Yes it’s true that every person coming out of prison gets sent down some sort of AA rehabilitation tactics. Really. Well…Barry said yes this is true.

But my tax paying money is being used to do this? We are paying for AA religious indoctrination Bullshit daily. This made me really upset to think this is true.

Im not sure about you, but I know that we needed this CBS 48 hours piece. We need my film to come out and we need a lot more activism and education as to what AA is, why this needs to stop and then we need to stop it.

Even as I wrote this I can’t believe its true. SO pilots, Doctors, Foster care kids, everyone who get’s a DUI, everyone with a mental health issue and nurses and lawyers and …you get it….

Goodnight for now…

Barry Hazle, Jr.and Attorney John Heller On Blog talk radio Next Tuesday December 9, 2014 @4:30pm PST

More details to come. Tune in LIVE!!!!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/barry-a-hazle-jr-atheist-settlement_n_5987630.html

Barry A. Hazle Jr., Atheist, Wins Nearly $2 Million In Settlement Over Faith-Based Rehab Program

A California atheist has won a settlement of nearly $2 million after being sent to jail on a parole violation for objections he made about participating in a faith-based rehab program.

Barry A. Hazle Jr., 46, served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he was enrolled in a drug treatment program where participants were required to acknowledge a “higher power,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Hazle complained and asked for a different treatment program, but was told the only option in his area was the faith-based, Westcare 12-step program, according to the Record Searchlight.

Hazle was sent back to jail for more than three months for allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students” and being “sort of passive-aggressive,” the paper reported.

“I’m thrilled to finally have this case settled,” Hazle told the Searchlight. “It sends a clear message to people in a position of authority, like my parole agent, for example, that they not mandate religious programming for their parolees, and for anyone else, for that matter.”

Hazle sued in 2008 and won, but a jury refused to award him any damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then threw out the decision. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel said Hazle was entitled to compensation.

“The jury’s verdict, which awarded Hazle no compensatory damages at all for his loss of liberty, cannot be upheld,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the court’s opinion. “The jury simply was not entitled to refuse to award any damages for Hazle’s undisputable — and undisputed — loss of liberty, and its verdict to the contrary must be rejected.”

The state of California will pay Hazle $1 million, while Westcare will pay $925,000 under terms of the settlement, according to KRCR-TV.

Hazle told the Sacramento Bee he plans to become active in local drug rehabilitation efforts.

The California Department of Corrections has since issued new rules stating that parole officers may not require parolees to attend faith-based program

Barry A. Hazle Jr., Atheist, Wins Nearly $2 Million In Settlement Over AA Based Rehab Program

truth justiceThis story broke on The Courthouse News Service. Here is the original story. His lawyer is given credit which he should get a medal as far as I am concerned. John Heller in San Francisco. We applaud you!!!

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10/14/72435.htm

 

A California atheist has won a settlement of nearly $2 million after being sent to jail on a parole violation for objections he made about participating in a faith-based rehab program.

Barry A. Hazle Jr., 46, served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he was enrolled in a drug treatment program where participants were required to acknowledge a “higher power,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Hazle complained and asked for a different treatment program, but was told the only option in his area was the faith-based, Westcare 12-step program, according to the Record Searchlight.

Hazle was sent back to jail for more than three months for allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students” and being “sort of passive-aggressive,” the paper reported.

“I’m thrilled to finally have this case settled,” Hazle told the Searchlight. “It sends a clear message to people in a position of authority, like my parole agent, for example, that they not mandate religious programming for their parolees, and for anyone else, for that matter.”

Hazle sued in 2008 and won, but a jury refused to award him any damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then threw out the decision. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel said Hazle was entitled to compensation.

The jury’s verdict, which awarded Hazle no compensatory damages at all for his loss of liberty, cannot be upheld,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the court’s opinion. “The jury simply was not entitled to refuse to award any damages for Hazle’s undisputable — and undisputed — loss of liberty, and its verdict to the contrary must be rejected.”

The state of California will pay Hazle $1 million, while Westcare will pay $925,000under terms of the settlement, according to KRCR-TV.

Hazle told the Sacramento Bee he plans to become active in local drug rehabilitation efforts.

The California Department of Corrections has since issued new rules stating that parole officers may not require parolees to attend faith-based programs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/barry-a-hazle-atheist-religious-rehab-california_n_3818833.html