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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that a Wyoming State Penitentiary policy restricting prisoners' mealtimes violates the constitutional rights of two Muslim inmates.

    The ACLU filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Joseph Miller and Hurie Purdiman Jr., two inmates serving time at the penitentiary in Rawlins.

    At issue is an alleged "20-minute rule" requiring inmates to eat their meals within 20 minutes after the food is delivered to a cell or common dining area, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit seeks for the inmates to be exempted from the rule because it forces them to choose between eating and practicing their religion.

    Miller and Purdiman claim that meals have arrived at the same time of day that they're practicing prayers according to their Muslim faith. On other occasions, meals arrived during a period of religious fasting and then were confiscated before the fast ended at sunset.

    "If someone has started their prayer, unless they're willing to interrupt their prayer and leave at that moment, they forgo their meal because (the guards) won't go back and open their cell doors," said Jennifer Horvath, staff attorney for Wyoming Chapter of the ACLU. "It's not unreasonable to ask for some extra time to finish their meals. They have a right to practice their religion, and the prison has been treating it as a privilege."

    The lawsuit names Robert Lampert, director of the Department of Corrections, and Michael Murphy, warden of the Wyoming State Penitentiary. It claims the prison's policy violates the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

    Lampert said he hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment directly on its claims. But he said the prison has measures in place to accommodate inmates' religious or health needs.

    He said trays and utensils are generally collected less than 30 minutes from when they were delivered to inmates so the dishes can be washed in time for the next meal.

    "If an inmate has a medical reason that requires additional time to consume their meal, we take that into account, or if it's for a religious purpose, we accommodate those needs," Lampert said. "I think those issues are pretty well addressed through our policy, but I'll look and see what actual lawsuit alleges."

    Horvath said Miller and Purdiman tried to resolve the issue by following the Department of Corrections grievance procedure. Negotiations stretching more than 18 months failed to bring a resolution, she said.

    Purdiman is serving a six- to nine-year sentence for robbery, according to the prison's records department. Details on Miller's criminal record were not immediately available Thursday evening.
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    Chris Rock said it best.....

    "Prison is a place where you are supposed to feel uncomfortable."

    That being said, STFU.
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    I guess we could give the guy the option of punishement under Islamic law, you know...cut off his right hand, behead or stone him to death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    I guess we could give the guy the option of punishement under Islamic law, you know...cut off his right hand, behead or stone him to death.
    Nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    I guess we could give the guy the option of punishement under Islamic law, you know...cut off his right hand, behead or stone him to death.
    That would rock.


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    My religion demands that I live at home and go out for pizza or to the movies whenever I feel like it.

    So, I'm sorry about the armed robbery and the high-speed chase, but I'm outta here.







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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Chris Rock said it best.....

    "Prison is a place where you are supposed to feel uncomfortable."

    That being said, STFU.
    Well said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    My religion demands that I live at home and go out for pizza or to the movies whenever I feel like it.

    So, I'm sorry about the armed robbery and the high-speed chase, but I'm outta here.
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    How come the ACLU never seems to be sticking up for the folks whose freedoms are violated by criminals?

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    Tough shit.

    I think all prisons should be like what that Arizona sheriff does.

    Joe R. Pyo or something like that. He sticks the inmates in tent cities and makes them actually work outside. No T.V.s no A/C........BRILLIANT!!!!

    Once you're in prison..........you shouldn't have any rights. Other than to not get it up the ass by another prisoner of course.

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    Gotta agree there. ^ I thought prisoners gave up their freedoms whenst they became prisoners.
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    Transfer em all to Guantanamo Bay. They are very experienced there in dealing with Muslim prisoners and their rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    How come the ACLU never seems to be sticking up for the folks whose freedoms are violated by criminals?
    Criminals don't violate your constitutional freedoms by definition. And why should the ACLU stick up for folks violated by criminals any more than you, me or anyone else?

    They are a law firm which defends people's constitutional rights, and the constitution determines what the government can or can't do to you, not what other people can or can't do. You may as well ask why the bus driver doesn't make your lunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Gotta agree there. ^ I thought prisoners gave up their freedoms whenst they became prisoners.
    They lose some constitutional rights but not all.

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