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$3,500 Settlement in Washington Prisoner’s Freedom of Religion Lawsuit

The State of Washington paid $3,500 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner DeShon Corsey for violating his right to freedom of religion.

While incarcerated at Washington State Prison on September 5, 2002, Corsey was hired to work in the kitchen. Corsey informed kitchen staff that he is a practicing Muslim and prays five times a day.

On October 24, 2002, Corsey filed an institutional grievance stating that officers Hodge and Casteel were yelling at him about praying at work and would no longer let him pray while he was at work.

His complaint alleged violation of his right to freedom of religion.

Corsey accepted settlement on January 21, 2004 acting pro se. See: Corsey v. State of Washington, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, Case No. 03-5027.

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Corsey v. State of Washington