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Supreme Judicial Court Holds That Sweat Lodge Prison Closure Violates RLUIPA

This is a guest post contributed by Joseph N. Schneiderman.* On November 23, in Trapp v. Roden, 473 Mass. 210 (2015), the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the Massachusetts Department of Correction’s (DOC) closure of a sweat lodge at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) violated RLUIPA. Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly wrote for a unanimous Court … Continue Reading

Supreme Judicial Court Hears Case Involving Access to Sweat Lodges in Prisons

This is a guest post contributed by Joseph N. Schneiderman.* On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard argument in Trapp v. Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, SJC-11863. At issue is whether RLUIPA (and the Massachusetts Constitution) recognize Native American inmates’ rights to access sweat lodges—or a sacred location for spiritual purification … Continue Reading

Guest Commentary: What Public Agencies Can Do in Shielding Themselves from the Dangers of RLUIPA

By Deborah J. Fox As an attorney representing public agencies, I experienced firsthand the variable issues that municipalities face when navigating through the legal complexities and unchartered territory of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). This federal law is fairly new (enacted in 2000), not clearly defined, and within the land use … Continue Reading

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