Muslim inmate sues Greene County jail
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Another Muslim inmate is suing the Greene County jail, alleging that jailers violated his civil rights by denying him a Quran and a prayer rug and refusing to let him attend Friday prayer services.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Sunday that Richard Ray McLendon Jr. filed a handwritten lawsuit against the jail and the program coordinator of religious matters.
Six other Muslim inmates sued Sheriff Jim Arnott and deputies in 2013, claiming religious discrimination.
McLendon is waiting to be sent to the federal prison in Marion, Illinois, on a two-year sentence for violating supervised release in a sex offender case.
Arnott has said Qurans are available in the jail. He declined to comment on the latest lawsuit.
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