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Jova v. Smith, No. 08-2816

In an action by prisoners claiming that defendant prison personnel infringed their right to practice their religion under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed in part where the restrictions imposed on plaintiffs' practice were justified by powerful security and administrative interests, but reversed in part where defendants did not demonstrate that the religious/meatless alternative menu was the least restrictive means of furthering their compelling administrative interests.

Read Jova v. Smith, No. 08-2816

Appellate Information

Submitted: July 7, 2009

Decided: September 28, 2009


Per Curiam


For Appellants:

Tyheem Y. Keesh and Jesus M. Jova, pro se, Wallkill, NY

For Appellees:

Julie S. Mereson, Assistant Solicitor General, and Barbara D. Underwood, Solicitor General, Albany, NY