A civil rights group said Wednesday that a Muslim woman is facing religious discrimination at a privately-run prison in Leavenworth.
The prisoner, Valeriece Ealom, has complained that staff at the Leavenworth Detention Center have repeatedly disparaged her wearing of a headscarf, calling it a "rag" and have ordered her to take it off before being allowed to leave her cell.
Muslim Advocates, a civil rights and legal advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., said in a letter made public Wednesday that it was concerned about Ealom's treatment.
The letter was addressed to CoreCivic, the Tennessee-based company that operates the prison, and the U.S. Marshals Service, which contracts with CoreCivic to house federal prisoners.