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

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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

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

  1. This is truly wonderful, Massive!! I will try to tune in live tomorrow. I have seen some of your shows in the archives, but am not familiar with doing it live. I will check it out further.

  2. Best show ever! I wish there was a way I could get more involved besides just sharing this with a few pilot friends in the same horrifying predicament. I highly recommend listening to the Hazle Heller episode on blogtalkradio saferecovery. This one hit the ball out of the park. There is no stopping the momentum now.

  3. Thanks SAMSON – I saw you in the chat room. Here are some links. Let see if we can get these two on radio all over the country.

    Lets do some digging and see who owns and is benefitting from all this AA coercion?

    might they be steppers???

  4. This is wonderful news in my book! I can see where it is logical that the courts give some offenders some kind of second chance via some kind of treatment – but to just dump boatloads of offenders into the rooms of AA and NA with their sad, sorry and lame success rate is utterly insane. And definitely not safe for the non-criminal members in the rooms. This just sets up a situation where predators can have a field day, ironically caused by corrections authorities. And I also have read that in a number of states it is illegal to send anyone to a 12 Step meeting against their will – Good! Good! Good! That this man here has successfully sued, won a huge settlement, and most importantly as I see it, achieved some publicity concerning the success of his lawsuit. I bet this inspires more similar costly litigation which will cause change – if only due to financial reasons/risks of more costly lawsuits.

    • Hey rob, welcome here…… I agree with all I see you have posted here today. I do not know if you have been around here before, but I do not recall your name here. But yes I agree fully with all you have posted.

      I witnessed it first hand as I was involved in 12 step during the 90’s and was preyed upon myself, not to mention knew many young women who where horridly preyed upon.

      • Hi! I have been lurking in anti-AA forums for some time now and have only in the past few months started posting. In a nutshell, my story is that I managed to get out of AA (relatively) unscathed. I credit this to the fact that I had a rough time growing up and it made me cynical and not especially trusting – how it helped me with AA is that I never really was a part of the inner circle of AA – I’m not much of a joiner and a lot of AA just didn’t fit me well. That said, I did have a hard time getting some of the BS out of my head for awhile and I am not thrilled the the few years I wasted in the rooms. What really makes me resentful (uh oh, I’m gonna drink for sure now…NOT) is that I have lost a few of what I consider friends I made in the rooms for whom AA was not working either but who bought into it enough to keep trying. Now three of them are dead via suicide and/or overdose and what was I told by AA’ers I ran into since then? They were not entirely honest, they didn’t do a good enough fifth step, they didn’t work a good program, and my favorite – they didn’t go to enough meetings. Ugggggggh. I call BS on this for everyone who has ever been a victim of AA. This is why I am here, both lurking and starting to post. I really respect both Monica and Agent Orange for working so tirelessly to get the real story of AA and NA and the 12 Steps out there…..In my small way I am adding what I have experienced in the rooms and in AA in general. I did have some sick experiences but not violently scary experiences – in my case, things like boundaries crossed, anonymity shattered, gossip, being shunned, that kind of thing. It was made clear to me that I didn’t fit in well – so much for loving me unconditionally lol. Anyway, that’s my short story and why I am here. Thanks for agreeing with my post BTW.

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