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Prison Transfer Didn’t Violate Jewish Prisoners’ Rights

Dec. 12, 2017, 5:49 PM

Jewish inmates can’t sue a prison administrator who transferred them to a facility where religious services were temporarily unavailable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held Dec. 11.

Larry Kemp and Brian Woodring were transferred from one prison in Indiana to another so that they could maintain a kosher diet, the decision by Judge Joel M. Flaum said.

The state was unable to recruit Jewish volunteers to lead worship services at the new facility, the court said.

The prisoners sued a prison administrator, arguing that the lack of services violated their right to free exercise of religion...

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