Inmate wins appeal of New Jersey ban on preaching; claimed it violated religious freedom

Trenton, USA - A New Jersey convict won a settlement that allows him to preach at services inside the prison.

Howard Thompson Jr. is an inmate at the New Jersey State Prison and an ordained Pentecostal minister. He had been conducting weekly worship services until prison officials issued a 2007 ban on inmate preaching.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that it had filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf seeking to lift the ban on the grounds that it restricted his religious freedom.

The settlement applies only to Thompson. The 45-year-old is serving a sentence of 30 years to life for felony murder and robbery.