Iowa Inmates Win Lawsuit over Religious Practices



Two Iowa inmates have won a partial victory in a lawsuit against the state over their religious practices. A federal judge says that inmates Michael Williams-El and James Blair-Bey must be provided nightly meals and chapel time during Ramadan and allowed the same religious accommodations as other Muslims. A prison Imam refused to let them participate in Ramadan activities in 2012. Both inmates are serving lifetime prison sentences for murder. Williams-El was convicted in Cerro Gordo County and Blair in Polk County.