NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing
the Louisiana State Penitentiary on behalf of two inmates: a
death-row prisoner who wants to watch Mass on television on Sundays rather than Baptist programing, and a Muslim prisoner who says he's being denied access to religious literature.
The lawsuits come within two years of the Angola prison's settlement with the ACLU of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Mormon prisoner who was denied access to his faith's religious publications.
Warden Burl Cain also recently agreed to the ACLU's request to remove a prayer and Bible reference from a monument at the front
entrance of Angola. The monument had been displayed for years until
the ACLU argued the writings might infringe on the constitutional rights of prisoners.
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