Religious Practice in Prison

The Sixth Circuit remanded a suit brought by inmates who practice the “Christian Identity” religion – which is “explicitly racist” and associated with white supremacy – against the Michigan Department of Corrections relating to its refusal to provide them with the same privileges as members of recognized religions. 

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Sanctions

A federal court in Arizona ruled that the state will be fined $100,000 a month for each instance of the Arizona Department of Corrections’ non-compliance with performance measures in a remediation plan it agreed to under the terms of a 2014 settlement with inmates who claimed the prison health care system caused pain, suffering and multiple inmate deaths. 

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Timberland Boots

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a lower court properly dismissed a group of inmates’ claims that a new Department of Corrections rule that prevents inmates from possessing Timberland boots in prison violates consumer protection law. The boots were banned after an inmate attacked and killed a prison guard by kicking him in the head with his boots.

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Forced to Translate

A federal court in Illinois ruled that a former corrections officer may pursue race discrimination claims against a county. The man says he was directed to serve as a Spanish translator, while working as a corrections officer, without receiving extra pay and was subjected to racial slurs from colleagues because he refused to continue acting as a translator.

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