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Default Civil Rights Commission to Examine Prisoners' Religious Rights

Civil Rights Commission to Examine Prisoners' Religious Rights
02-05-2008/0004749774&EDATE> =

What: Meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent,
bipartisan agency charged with monitoring and protecting civil rights
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on
Civil Rights has brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss
issues arising out of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized
Persons Act (RLUIPA). These include the rights of prisoners to practice
their religion freely, the rights of faith-based organizations to offer
inmates services on equal terms with secular organizations, questions
concerning the separation of church and state, and questions of national
and prison security. The speakers will include Abu Qadir Al-Amin,
Imam, San Francisco Muslim Community Center; Carolyn Atkins, Warden,
Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup; Frank Cilluffo, Director,
Homeland Security Policy Institute, The George Washington University;
Lane Dilg, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Program on
Freedom of Religion and Belief; Gary Friedman, Chairman, Jewish Prisoner
Services International; Alex Luchenitser, Senior Litigation Counsel,
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State; Patrick
McCollum, Statewide Wiccan Chaplain, California Department of
Corrections; Steven T. McFarland, Director, Task Force For Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, U.S.
Department of Justice; Patrick Nolan, Vice President, Prison Fellowship;
Joseph Pryor, Chaplaincy Administrator for the Federal Bureau of
Prisons; and Gregory Saathoff, Executive Director, Critical Incident
Analysis Group, University of Virginia. When: Friday, February 8,
2008, 9:30 a.m. Where: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth
Street NW, Room 540, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Commission on
Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with
monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairman
Gerald A. Reynolds, Vice Chairman Abigail Thernstrom, and Commissioners
Gail Heriot, Peter N. Kirsanow, Arlan D. Melendez, Ashley L. Taylor,
Jr., and Michael Yaki. Robert Lerner, Assistant Staff Director for the
Office of Civil Rights Evaluation, is delegated the authority of Staff
Director. Commission meetings are open to the media and general public.
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