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06-11-2007, 10:44 AM
9/11 law takes God, Allah, Yahweh from jails


(Gold9472: I guess inmates don't have freedom of religion since they're not free to begin with, and that's why they're able to get away with this.)

June 11, 2007

NEW YORK -- Inmates at the federal prison camp in Otisville, N.Y., were stunned by what they saw at the chapel library on Memorial Day -- hundreds of books had disappeared.

The removal of the books is occurring nationwide, part of a long-delayed, post-Sept. 11 federal directive intended to prevent radical religious texts, specifically Islamic ones, from falling into the hands of violent inmates.

Three inmates at Otisville filed a lawsuit over the policy. They say all religions were affected.

Inmate John Okon said it was unfortunate because "I have really seen religion turn around the life of some of these men."

06-11-2007, 05:21 PM
So much for rehabilitation.

06-11-2007, 09:50 PM
Inmates protest removal of religious books from prison library


Date created: 6/11/2007 9:54:12 AM

Inmates at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, say their constitutional rights have been violated by the removal of hundreds of books from the prison chapel.

Religious books have been removed from prisons across the country in response to a federal directive meant to keep radical texts, especially Islamic ones, away from violent inmates.

But the lawsuit filed by three inmates at Otisville says all religions have been affected.

Inmate John Okon, speaking on behalf of the prison's Christian population, told a judge that the Christian books that were taken out have helped inmates turn their lives around.

A government lawyer responded that prison officials need time to examine a long list of books because some prisons have, in his words, "been radicalized by inmates who were practicing or espousing various extreme forms of religion, specifically Islam."