As a result of a settlement with two-public interest groups, the Pierce County Jail is adopting new policies to protect the religious freedom of inmates.

The ACLU of Washington and the Public Interest Law Group filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma in September 2010 on behalf of inmates at the jail.

The settlement is a result of a lawsuit that challenged what the groups said was jail officials' failure to accommodate the religious needs of Muslim inmates and their operation of a program that granted extra benefits and services to Christian inmates.

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