In Ricks v. Albitre, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163200 (ED CA, Nov. 13, 2013), a California federal magistrate judge permitted an inmate to move forward with his 1st Amendment and RLUIPA claims against various defendants for failure to provide Wiccan religious services.
In Durbin v. Cain, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163245 (MD LA, Nov. 15, 2013), a Louisiana federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendation (2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163632, Oct. 24, 2013), and dismissed a Jewish inmate’s complaint that he was not permitted to use the prison chapel for Friday evening services and instead was required to use space in the security office.
In McCray v. Holmes, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163423 (D NJ, Nov. 15, 2013), a New Jersey federal district court permitted a Jewish inmate to move ahead with his free exercise complaint that he was not furnished kosher meals. However his equal protection claim was dismissed without prejudice.
In Gambino v. Payne, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164396 (WD NY, Nov. 18, 2013), a New York federal district court allowed an inmate to proceed with two free exercise complaints– refusal to allow inmates to cover portions of the shower door to block a correctional officer’s view of their genitals, and a complaint that plaintiff’s kosher meals were repeatedly mutilated, contaminated and tampered with.
In Delavergne v. Washington State Department of Corrections, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164639 (WD WA, Nov.19, 2013), a Washington federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendation (2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164643, Sept. 11, 2013) and dismissed without prejudice an inmate’s rather incoherent free exercise claim that his therapy uses past and future behavior as teaching tools which do not conform with his belief that Jesus’ “blood cleansed” him of his past behavior.
In Adekoya v. Herron, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164575 (WD NY, Nov. 19, 2013), a New York federal district court dismissed complaints by plaintiff, an African immigrant of the Spiritism faith, that in the facility in which he was formerly detained his quest for practicing his faith was ignored, his requests to attend services were canceled and his request for a prayer mat was denied.
In Warrior v. Gonzalez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165387 (ED CA, Nov. 19, 2013), a California federal district court permitted an inmate to move ahead with his free exercise, establishment clause, equal protection and 4th amendment challenges to the policy of strip searching Muslim inmates attending religious programming during Ramadan.
In Blakemore v. Godinez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165610 (SD IL, Nov. 20, 2013), an Illinois federal district court allowed a Rastafarian inmate to proceed with his claim for an injunction against enforcement of an Illinois Department of Corrections policy that prevents him from wearing his hair in dreadlocks.
In Hawes v. Breiner, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163949 (ND CA, Nov. 14, 2013), a California federal district court rejected an inmate’s claim that his rights under the free exercise and establishment clauses were violated by the involuntary administration to him of anti-psychotic drugs.