Inmate loses appeal in lawsuit over Ramadan observance

3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, June 24 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 3:09:18 PM CDT June 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) A state appeals court has ruled that Missouri corrections officials didn't violate an inmate's rights when they prevented him from taking part in some of the 2010 Ramadan observances.

Inmate John Jones at the Jefferson City Correctional Center had filed a lawsuit, claiming that employees and officials had infringed on his religious liberties.

Prison officials said they had made plans for Muslim inmates to observe Ramadan, but reminded inmates that those who were placed on cell restriction would be limited in participating in "congregational aspects" of the holiday.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported that Jones was placed on cell restriction after receiving a conduct violation. When his restriction ended, he went to the kitchen for his pre-dawn meal but was told he was removed from the participant list and wasn't permitted to take pre-dawn breakfast. 

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