Sunday, December 21, 2014

Inmate Forced to Attend Church Service Sues Jail; Muslim Woman Seeking Damages for Jail Practice

Sakeena Majeed, a 24-year-old Muslim woman, was sentenced to 60 days in jail on an assault charge. She is now suing Cleveland's Cuyahoga County jail for forcing her to attend Christian services against her will during her sentence, the Addicting Info website reports today (December 21, 2014).

Majeed filed the lawsuit on December 18, claiming that Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova and corrections Officer Regina Watts forced her and other inmates to be present at services held by a Baptist minister at the jail. If the inmates objected, they were threatened with solitary confinement.

Majeed also claims that when she told another supervising officer about the issue, she was ignored. She is now seeking unspecified damages.

Majeed's attorney, Matthew Besser, said: "That should be offensive to anybody, no matter what your religion is. The government can't tell you what god to pray to or to pray at all."

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