Inmates sue to watch solar eclipse after New York orders prison lockdown

Lawsuit argues lockdown violates inmates’ rights by preventing them from taking part in religiously significant event

Inmates in New York are suing the state corrections department over the decision to lock down prisons during next Monday’s total solar eclipse.

The suit filed Friday in federal court in upstate New York argues that the 8 April lockdown violates inmates’ constitutional rights to practice their faiths by preventing them from taking part in a religiously significant event.

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