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Settlement eases process for St. Clair County inmates to receive religious diet
by Mark Hicks
A lawsuit over the St. Clair County Jail's religious dietary screening process has been settled and paves the way for improvements, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Thursday.
"We welcome the jail's decision to modify the religious dietary screening policy to one that does not violate the constitutional rights of inmates of all faith backgrounds requesting a religious diet," CAIR-MI staff attorney Lena Masri said in a statement.
Among provisions ordered as part of a consent decree, the jail policy allows inmates requesting a religious diet to provide letters from clergy attesting to their faith as well as offer other evidence supporting the sincerity of their religious beliefs.
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