Man in handcuffs

Thompson v. Ricci, et al.

Location: New Jersey
Last Update: November 24, 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Jersey filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a New Jersey prisoner, an ordained Pentecostal minister, who is asking the state to respect his religious freedom by restoring his right to preach. Howard Thompson, Jr. had preached at weekly worship services at the New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) for more than a decade when prison officials last year issued, without any reason, a blanket ban on all preaching by inmates, even when done under the direct supervision of prison staff.

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