A former inmate of the Mexico prison system just sued a senior chaplain of the corrections department and other prison officials for not letting her practice her religion.
Monica Lujan, was just released from the New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility in Grants and filed a lawsuit claiming that she was restricted from practicing Satanism behind the bars.
According to court records, she was serving a 3-year sentence for forgery and low-level drug crimes. Monica claimed she has been a Satanist since the age of 13 but during her stay at the facility, she was denied the right to own a Satanic bible.
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Monica further claimed that the prison officials had told her that the Satanic bible was prohibited and she had to face a lot of retaliation for being a Satanist.
The New Mexico ACLU is aiding Lujan in her legal fight. “This is a case that strikes at the heart of questions of religious freedom,” ACLU Executive Director Peter Simonson said. “The staff at the facility were disapproving of her religion and were denying her ability to practice that religion,” he further added.