Prisoner free exercise cases – January 18, 2014

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Jones v. Foster, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3289 (D NV, Jan. 12, 2015), a Nevada federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendations (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180081, Dec. 23, 2014) and denied a preliminary injunction to a Muslim inmate who complained that he was receiving the Common Fare Meal instead of a separate halal or kosher diet.

In Thierry v. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3726 (D AZ, Jan. 13, 2015), an Arizona federal district court dismissed with leave to amend a complaint by a Jehovah’s Witness inmate seeking a New World Holy Scriptures Bible and complaining that there are no Jehovah’s Witness bible studies or meetings, and that only six inmates per pod are permitted to attend church.

In Williams v. Cox, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4621 (SD GA, Jan. 13, 2015), a Georgia federal magistrate judge allowed an inmate to move ahead with his claim that he was denied a requested work proscription in observance of the Feast of Shavout.