Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Frum inmate sues


A Jewish inmate at California's San Quentin prison says his life is in danger because he's being housed with white inmates, many of whom belong to anti-Semitic white supremacist gangs. The inmate is asking prison authorities to reclassify him from "white" to "other."
Stephen Liebb, an Orthodox Jew and UCLA law school graduate, has been imprisoned since 1981 on a murder charge. Since 1995, he has been incarcerated at San Quentin, where he says he has often been forced to live and to pray in close quarters with neo-Nazis and white supremacists covered in swastikas and SS lightning-bolt tattoos.
That's because Jews are classified as "white" by the prison—one of four ethnic categories ("white," "black," "Mexican" and "other") used for the purpose of housing prisoners and for lockdown situations. Liebb, however, contends that the "white" category has "by far, the highest rate of anti-Semites."
It is "repugnant to me," said the native New Yorker and former yeshiva student in a telephone interview from prison. "It's not only uncomfortable, but it inhibits my practice of Judaism," added Liebb, who speaks fluent Hebrew and keeps a Jewish calendar on his cell wall. Liebb has filed a complaint about the classification system in federal court.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 2:10 PM


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