Sometimes those under the Panopticonic eye are able to turn the gaze of punishment from them to their gaolers:
The Wyoming Department of Corrections
says it will allow Muslim inmates at the state penitentiary in Rawlins
to time their meals to accommodate their daily prayers. The American
Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of
two Muslim inmates. The lawsuit challenged a prison rule requiring
inmates to eat their meals within 20 minutes after delivery, saying the
policy forced them to choose between eating meals and praying.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer approved an agreement on
Wednesday that allows prisoners receiving religious meals to keep their
meals in their cells until the next meal is served. It also requires
the prison to install a new microwave for inmates that won’t be used
for pork, which is forbidden to Muslims and members of some other
We celebrate the freedom of thought and consideration Wyoming is now providing its Muslim inmates.