Two Muslim Men Sue Over PA Inmate Strip Searches

JOHNSTOWN,Pa. (AP) — Two Muslim men have sued the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections saying their beliefs were violated when they were strip searched at a western Pennsylvania prison in the presence of female staff and other inmates.

The Philadelphia-area men,58-year-old Pearlie Dubose Jr. and 57-year-old Elwood Small say in their federal lawsuit filed in Johnstown that Islamic law “prohibits a man from exposing his genitals to anyone but his spouse.” A corrections spokeswoman declined comment.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown says prison officials allegedly denied the men’s requests to be strip-searched in a private area or behind a portable curtain during the lockdown in October 2009 at the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands.

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PUBLISHED: May 2,2012
BY: Sentinal –