In Jones v. Johnson, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69634 (D CT, May 8, 2017), a Connecticut federal district court dismissed a Muslim inmate’s complaint that he was denied congregate religious services while confined in the Administrative Segregation Program.
In Greenhill v. Clarke, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70937 (WD VA, May 10, 2017), a Virginia federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendations (2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71291, March 20, 2017) and denied a preliminary injunction to a Muslim inmate who complained that he was precluded from observing weekly Jum’ah services because inmates in segregation can watch a tape of such services only if they purchase their own television set.
In Kitchen v. Leach, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71144 (WD MI, May 10, 2017), a Michigan federal district court dismissed a Muslim inmate’s claim that a vegan diet imposes a substantial burden on his religious beliefs and his complaint that his meal trays were marked kosher. However it allowed him to move ahead with his claim that the vegan menu causes him gastrointestinal distress that interferes with his religious practices.
In Bishop v. Mohave Mental Health Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71368 (D AZ, May 10, 2017), an Arizona federal magistrate judge dismissed with leave to amend plaintiff complained that he was not allowed to attend religious services on March 24, 2013, without prior permission from his probation officer.
In Griffin v. Lopez, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72315 (ED CA, May 11, 2017), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed with leave to amend a Muslim inmate’s complaint that he was denied religious meals on one day during Ramadan, and that defendant has a custom of denying Ramadan meals.