On June 9, 1987, the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz. Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg State Prison claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights. Prisoners assigned to work off-site weren’t permitted to return to the prison to attend a religious service known as Jumu’ah. In a 5:4 decision the Justices found in favor of the Prison Administrator, O’Lone.
Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote– “While we in no way minimize the central importance of Jumu’ah to [the inmates], we are unwilling to hold that prison officials are required by the Constitution to sacrifice legitimate penological objectives to that end.” Listen to the attorneys argue this case before the Court at http://bit.ly/1Mm0jeP.