Prisoner free exercise cases – December 30, 2012

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Clark v. Cambria County Prison, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179789 (WD PA, Dec. 20, 2012), a Pennsylvania federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendation (2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181044,  Nov. 15, 2012) and dismissed an inmate’s complaint that his prison does not have separate Jehovah’s Witness religious services.

In Davidson v. Masley, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182293 (SD NY, Dec. 19, 2012), a New York federal district court refused to reconsider its dismissal for lack of prosecution of a suit by an inmate challenging the manner in which halal food is furnished to inmates at Rikers Island.

In Whittier v. Arpaio, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182155 (D AZ, Dec. 27, 2012), an Arizona federal district court dismissed, with leave to amend, an inmate’s complaint that he does not have access to church services because of his classification.