Spratt v. Wall - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Spratt v. Wall (2007)

Category: Church and State    Criminal Justice    Free Speech    Religious Freedom    

Successful appeal of a federal court ruling upholding a warden’s decision to bar an inmate from supervised preaching at religious services even though he had done so for seven years without incident. The appeal argued that the ban violates a federal law guaranteeing religious freedom to institutionalized persons. The appellate court reversed the lower court ruling, and the state subsequently adopted a new policy in accordance with the federal law, and also agreed to pay damages and attorneys’ fees.

Cooperating Attorneys: Lynette Labinger, Carly Iafrate

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  • Jul 30, 2007 - Court Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Inmate Preaching Ban at ACI
  • Apr 09, 2007 - Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Inmate Preaching at Christian Services
  • Nov 01, 2006 - ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Overturn Ban on Inmate Preaching at Christian Services
  • Jun 07, 2006 - Court Upholds Ruling Barring Inmate From Preaching at Christian Services; RI ACLU Considers Appeal
  • Jan 11, 2006 - RI ACLU Files Appeal on Behalf of Inmate Barred From Preaching at Christian Services