Access to Literacy Is a Fundamental Right, Sixth Circuit Finds

A Sixth Circuit panel ruled Thursday that a “basic minimum education” is a constitutional right and breathed new life into claims brought by a class of Detroit-area students who say they were denied fundamental access to literacy as a result of the city’s crumbling public school system.

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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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