Published: Jan 05, 2011 6:38 PM EST
Updated: Jan 05, 2011 6:39 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - An atheist group is upset over the Polk County Sheriff's recent decision to donate jailhouse basketball equipment to eight churches.

Atheists of Florida on Tuesday formally requested information from the sheriff's office, including how much the equipment is worth and how much taxpayer money was involved. The group contends Sheriff Grady Judd violated separation of church and state by giving the equipment to churches instead of schools or parks.

Just before Christmas, Judd ordered the removal of the basketball goals, saying, "going to jail isn't fun and games."

The atheist group says it will decide on its next step after receiving the requested information. Grady, however, says sheriff's office lawyers cleared the donation to churches.

--- Information from: The Ledger,