Sunni Muslim inmates serving time in maximum security at the Adult Correctional Institutions are suing prison administrators, accusing them of violating their rights by denying them the freedom to pray together and meals that comply with their faith.
The Muslim Brotherhood of the Islamic Faith allege in a suit filed in U.S. District Court that correctional officers routinely taunt them by calling them terrorists and the Taliban. The inmates say the guards threaten to retaliate against their complaints by placing them in isolation.
A Department of Corrections lawyer has denied the allegations and argues the case should be dismissed because the administrators were acting in good faith and not with deliberate disregard for the prisoners' needs or rights. The Muslim Brotherhood had failed to exhaust administrative remedies under the Department of Corrections inmate grievances, policies and practices.