I am writing to report good news. On February 3, 2012, the Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled that the CMU Muslim prisoners at Terre Haute, Indiana have the right to perform their daily prayers in a group without the fear of punishment by the prison officials and rejected the Warden’s excuses for banning the Muslim Congregational prayers.
We provided a copy of the Judge’s ruling to the prison officials at CMU-Marion but they told us that they will not comply with such ruling and we will continue to be subjected to disciplinary punishment if we perform our Islamic congregational prayers. In addition, our requests of Halal meals that complies with our religious dietary requirements were denied and they denied us the ability to purchase any Halal items from any Islamic vendor in violations of clearly established laws of this country.
It should be noted that Jewish inmates are provided with free Kosher meals and [are ]allowed to purchase Kosher meals from a Jewish vendor!!. On April 3, 2012, the attorney Mr. Alan Mills who won a lawsuit against Illinois’ supermax prison (“Tamms”) and a known defender of the rights of prisoners visited with us and he will be working with other law firms inIllinois to help us to file lawsuits against the BOP and the prison officials in the CMU- Marion:
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