A Muslim prisoner will be able to possess scented prayer oil in his jail cell for his daily prayers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Jan. 26.

In a precedential decision issued Wednesday, the panel unanimously affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada’s decision that sided with Lausteveion Johnson in October 2020, finding that prison officials must allow Johnson to possess no more than a half-ounce of scented oil in his cell for personal use with his prayers, administered by the institution’s chaplain at the weekly Muslim group prayer service, according to court records.

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