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Adkins v. Kaspar.

U.S. Appeals Court




RLUIPA -- Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

Adkins v. Kaspar, 393 F.3d 559 (5th Cir. 2004). A Texas state prisoner who was a member of the Yahweh Evangelical Assembly (YEA) filed a pro se action against the chaplaincy department of a state corrections agency. The prisoner alleged violation of his federal constitutional rights and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in connection with his not being permitted to observe particular days of rest and worship. The district court dismissed the case and the prisoner appealed. The appeals court affirmed. The appeals court held that the agency's religious accommodation policy was rationally related to legitimate government objectives and that the inability of YEA inmates to assemble on every Sabbath and holy day did not "substantially burden" the practice of their religion in violation of RLUIPA. The court held that the YEA inmates had alternative means of exercising their religion, in the form of supplemental services, materials and other accommodations, and were not required to work on their Sabbath. The court noted that the inmates were allowed to attend live services when an accredited religious volunteer was able to attend. (Coffield Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division)
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Title Annotation:RELIGION
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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