(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/17/2020) — Later today, at 3:30 PM CT, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold an online news conference to demand that the Arkansas Department of Corrections stop obstructing the ability of incarcerated persons in the agency’s custody to use jailhouse lawyers to bring constitutional violations to the attention of federal courts.
On July 20, guards at the maximum security prison — the Tucker Unit, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas — raided the cell of a prolific jailhouse lawyer, Gregory Holt, in an effort to prohibit him from doing his work to support the dozens of incarcerated persons who rely on his help to defend their constitutional rights.
[Without an outside lawyer, Holt successfully litigated a case to the Supreme Court, where he then obtained a unanimous decision that broadened the religious protections afforded to incarcerated persons across the country. CAIR currently represents Holt and two others held at Arkansas’ Cummins Unit beset by Covid-19 in a case regarding religious discrimination inside Arkansas prisons and jails.]
[Thousands of those held in Arkansas’ prisons and jails have tested positive for Covid-19. Dozens have died.]
WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Call on Arkansas Department of Corrections to Return Prolific Jailhouse Lawyer’s Legal Files
WHEN: Monday, August 17, 3:30 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Facebook Live GO TO: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational
YouTube Live GO TO: https://www.youtube.com/CAIRtv
WHO: CAIR Representatives
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization offers an educational toolkit, called “A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.
SEE: A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.