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    COURT BACKS MUSLIM INMATES Appellate panel says they can t be disciplined for attending prayer service and that beards grown for religious reasons can t be
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      COURT BACKS MUSLIM INMATES

      Appellate panel says they can't be disciplined for attending prayer
      service and that beards grown for religious reasons can't be banned.
      Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times, 12/28/02
      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-moslem28dec28.story

      California prison officials cannot discipline Muslim inmates for
      attending a Friday afternoon prayer service, a federal appeals court
      ruled Friday in a decision that also touches on the power of cities
      to restrict the location of places of worship.

      The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also let stand a lower court
      decision that allows inmates to grow beards for religious reasons.

      The 3-0 ruling was the first by a federal appeals court on the
      constitutionality of a 2-year-old federal law that gives religious
      groups greater flexibility in dealing with zoning ordinances and
      also requires prison officials to make reasonable accommodations to
      inmates' religious practices.

      Friday's ruling benefits a group of Muslim inmates at the California
      State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville who filed a class-action lawsuit
      six years ago, contending that prison officials were illegally
      burdening their religious practices. The inmates challenged
      regulations that imposed discipline on them for leaving prison jobs
      for the Friday noontime Jumu'ah religious service and that took away
      good-work credits for the entire day if an inmate attended the
      hourlong service.

      Constitutional law professor Erwin Chemerinsky of the USC Law School
      said the ruling upholding the constitutionality of the law was
      significant, with ramifications outside of prisons.

      For instance, he said, religious groups would now have a stronger
      argument if they were trying to erect a church or synagogue in an
      area zoned for homes only, because a court might rule that the
      zoning law represented an unwarranted "substantial burden" on the
      free exercise of religionÂ…

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