Inmate Appeals New Jersey Ban on Prison Preaching

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union wants a New Jersey prisoner serving time for murder and robbery to be alowed to preach at services inside the prison.

Howard Thompson Jr., an inmate at the New Jersey State Prison,
is an ordained Pentecostal minister. He had been conducting weekly
worship services until prison officials issued a 2007 ban on inmate

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Thompson that
seeks to lift the ban. The suit says the move restricts his religious freedom.

The 44-year-old Thompson is serving a sentence of 30 years to life.

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