A Baldwin County city is not letting critics stop it from letting non-violent offenders choose between church or jail.
City leaders are seeking guidance from Alabama's top attorney.
The mayor of Bay Minette asked the city council Monday to pass a resolution asking the attorney general to review the legality of the proposed program.
However, not all the council members are on board with the mayor's recommendation to fight for the program.
Bay Minette Police Chief Michael Rowland's proposal would give first time, non-violent criminal offenders a choice: serve their sentence behind bars, or go to to church for a year.
But, several civil rights groups have called the initiative an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state.
Mayor Jamie Tillery asked the city council to get a legal opinion from the state attorney general before starting the program.
She supports it.