Monday, March 28, 2016

More Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Greenhill v. Clarke, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37439 (WD VA, March 23, 2016), a Virginia federal district court refused to grant a preliminary injunction to a Muslim inmate complaining about access to Jum'ah services, restrictions on beard length and handling of religious meals.

In Patterson v. Berrett, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37788 (D NV, March 22, 2016), a Nevada federal district court dismissed an inmate's complaint that wearing an identification wristband violates his free exercise rights.

In Guillory v. Hodge, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37898 (SD MS, March 23, 2016), a Mississippi federal  magistrate judge dismissed a Muslim inmate's complaint that his overcrowded cell made it difficult for him to perform Salat and Wudu; he was not allowed to have various religious items; and denied a modified meal schedule for Ramadan.

In Dawson v. Beard, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38115 (ED CA, March 23, 2016), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed a claims by a House of Yahweh inmate that he was denied access to religious services and the right to fast.

In McBride v. Michigan Department of Corrections, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38398 (ED MI, March 24, 2016), a Michigan federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendations and refused to dismiss complaints by deaf inmates that their rights were infringed by failure to provide sign interpreters at religious services.

In Davis v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38629 (D CO, March 24, 2016), a Colorado federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendations and dismissed an inmate's claim that correspondence restrictions violated his free exercise rights.

In Abdul-Aziz v. Lanigan, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38884 (D NJ, March 24, 2016), a New Jersey federal district court while dismissing some claims allowed Muslim inmates to move ahead on complaints seeking injunctive and declaratory relief alleging that they were denied daily Halal meats and meals; donated Halal feast meals; personal prayer oils; and congregational prayer.