Judge: SD prison tobacco ban substantially burdens Native American inmates’ religious rights

From the article: “A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the South Dakota prison system’s ban on tobacco in religious ceremonies substantially burdens Native American inmates’ religious rights.”

Read more here.

In Ohio, the prison system has a system-wide ban on tobacco products, which also applies to religious tobacco.  My understanding is that they have found a non-tobacco alternative for the ceremonial herbs that Native Americans smoke as part of their religious practice.

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