Spotlight: Protecting religious freedom behind bars

By M.D Kittle

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections violated state law and Wisconsin’s constitution when it issued its COVID-19 visitor policy barring Catholic clergy from ministering to inmates, Jefferson County Judge William Hue ruled last week.

The policy, in effect for over a year, contained no exceptions for vaccinated clergy or instances where religious services could not be conducted virtually, yet the DOC simultaneously granted institutional access to lawyers, public officials, and members of the press, among many others.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) sued the Department of Corrections in May 2021 on behalf of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee seeking to invalidate the visitor policy.

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