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It would be a whole different matter if the TDCJ refused that opportunity to all its inmates, but U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt pointed out that that was not the case: "The TDCJ knowingly adopted a policy it knew would impose requirements on Muslim inmates' religious services that could not be satisfied by volunteers or overcome by Muslim inmates," he wrote.
Hoyt pointed out that especially in rural areas, there are not enough Muslims in Texas prisons to meet those demands, adding that the TDCJ was illegally favoring Christian inmates because there are more than enough Christian civilians and chaplains to conduct prison services.