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Muslim Inmate’s Request for Same-Faith Only Housing Rejected

June 8, 2022, 7:31 PM

The request by a Muslim inmate to be housed only with other Muslims so he could pray in peace five times a day without being harassed by non-Muslim inmates was properly denied by the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday.

Shaykh Muhammad Al Saud claimed that the policy under which his request was denied violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. But the state said that its policy is based on the belief that honoring Al Saud’s request would require it to classify and house all ...