Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Peter McDaniels sued various prison officials, alleging that they intentionally failed to provide him with pre-sunrise meals during Ramadan and with an Eid al-Fitr meal at the conclusion of Ramadan, in violation of his First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion. The Plaintiff also contended that the lack of provision of ḥalāl meat … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Petitioner Kofi Easterling, an inmate at Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI), filed suit against the Respondents, various prison officials, alleging that they ignored the Petitioner's instructions as to when Ramadan began. The Petitioner claimed that the Respondents’ Ramadan date violated his religious beliefs under the First Amendment and RLUIPA. In the District Court, the Respondents … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Petitioner Tyrone Walker alleged that the prison violated his civil rights when it refused to provide him with the opportunity to participate in jumu'ah (Friday prayer) services when he was confined to the SHU. The District Court determined that the Respondent did not violate the Petitioner's rights under RLUIPA, as the Respondent's decision to deny … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The plaintiff, Raymond Miller, brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendants, employees at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility (New York), violated his free exercise rights under the First Amendment by restricting his ability to practice Islam. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants only allowed him to wear his kufi … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Vega v. Lantz (D. Conn. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Joe Burgos Vega, a practicing Muslim prisoner at the Connecticut Department of Corrections (“DOC”), brought this action against the Respondents, officials at the DOC, claiming that Respondents’ 1) denial of the Plaintiff’s request to be circumcised; 2) denial of access to suitable Islamic prayer oils; and 3) frequently canceled Friday congregational prayer constituted a … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Vega v. Lantz (D. Conn. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Shields v. Foston (E.D. Cal. 2013): Conjugal Visits for Prisoners

The plaintiff, Remon Shields, a prisoner serving a life sentence without parole, brought this action against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, alleging that his religion requires those who want to marry to get married and consummate their relationship, but his request for non-overnight "family visiting" with his wife were denied. The prison contended … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Shields v. Foston (E.D. Cal. 2013): Conjugal Visits for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Priddy v. Garman (W.D.Va. 2012): Prisoner Challenges Muslim Group Prayers

Plaintiff Joey Kenneth Priddy, a Virginia inmate, filed this civil rights action alleging that the Respondents, various prison officials at Bland Correctional Center, violated his constitutional rights by allowing Muslim inmates to conduct prayer groups in common areas of the prison facility. The Plaintiff sought preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. The District Court dismissed the … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Priddy v. Garman (W.D.Va. 2012): Prisoner Challenges Muslim Group Prayers

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Strong v. Livingston (S.D. Tex. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Tabari Strong, a Muslim prisoner in Beeville, Texas, filed a lawsuit alleging that the prison's grooming policy requiring all inmates to be clean-shaven violated his statutory rights under RLUIPA. He also claimed that the policy violated his right to exercise his religion under the First Amendment, and that enforcement of the policy violated his … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Strong v. Livingston (S.D. Tex. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Cloyd v. Dulin (M.D. Tenn. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Sturgeon Stewart, an inmate at the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) brought suit against Respondents Vernestene Dulin, head of prison food services, and various other prison officials for alleged violations of his rights to religious free exercise on the claim that the prison served Muslim inmates the same ḥalāl food menu for all meals of … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Cloyd v. Dulin (M.D. Tenn. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The Plaintiff, Marcus Leeotis Watts, sued the Respondents, various prison officials at the Perry Correctional Institution in South Carolina, for allegedly violating his rights under RLUIPA and the First Amendment when the prison failed to provide Muslim prisoners with ḥalāl meat. The Respondents contended that the vegetarian meal option that complied with Islamic law was adequate, … Continue reading Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners