Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP’s Maggie Siddiqi Praises High Court Ruling in Favor of Religious Rights for Death Row Inmate
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP’s Maggie Siddiqi Praises High Court Ruling in Favor of Religious Rights for Death Row Inmate

Washington, D.C. — Today, in Ramirez v. Collier, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of a Texas death row inmate who sought to have his longtime pastor pray with him and lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection in the execution chamber. In response, Maggie Siddiqi, senior director of Religion and Faith at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Today’s ruling sends a clear message that the free exercise of religion must be for everyone, including those on death row. Religious freedom allows everyone to practice, or not practice, religion free from government interference. This ruling clarifies that death row inmates should be treated with dignity, even in the execution chamber, by receiving a reasonable accommodation for spiritual counseling in accordance with their religious practices.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org.