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Todd Chrisley's prison 'denying' Muslims freedom of religion, forcing them to work during worship time

The reality TV star intends to reveal numerous purported problems at FPC Pensacola in order to bring about durable change in the condition of inmates
PUBLISHED OCT 27, 2023
Muslim inmates at Todd Chrisley's prison are being denied 'access and opportunity' to practice their faith (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Muslim inmates at Todd Chrisley's prison are being denied 'access and opportunity' to practice their faith (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Todd Chrisley's lawyer Jay Surgent has alleged that Muslim inmates at his Florida prison are allegedly being forced to work when they should be praying, accusing the facility of "regularly" denying them "access and opportunity" to practice their faith.

According to Legal Eagle, the reality TV star, who is currently incarcerated for band and tax fraud, intends to reveal numerous purported problems at FPC Pensacola in order to bring about durable change in the condition of the inmates.

Todd Chrisley visits Hallmark's
Todd Chrisley visits Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 18, 2018 in Universal City, California (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Todd Chrisley's lawyer says Muslims being denied right to worship

Surgent said, "There are a huge number of inmates that are Muslim that are regularly being denied access and opportunity to participate in their faith-based worship services. The reason for this is striking," as reported by Radar Online.

Surgent added, "The leadership at FPC Pensacola have decided these inmates should be required to work during their scheduled worship times. So their right to practice their freedom of expression and religion is being denied so that they can provide free labor to the camp and the BOP."

These allegations about Chrisley's prison also coincide with a growing number of Muslims and Jews reporting harassment in the US due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Medical department making 'inexcusable' medication errors

Additionally, Surgent accused the medical department of making "inexcusable" medication errors, including giving Chrisley "medicine intended and belonging to another inmate," and of forcing prisoners to work outside in "dangerous" temperatures.

Julie Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley attend the grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville on November 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images for E3 Chophouse Nashville)
Julie Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley attend the grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville on November 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images for E3 Chophouse Nashville)

An additional unsettling charge originated from a purported prisoner, who stated that the 'Chrisley Knows Best' star was made to undergo an impromptu urine test in the middle of the night, and who wrote to Savannah Chrisley regarding the claim.

In an interview Todd's lawyer claimed he "didn't know anything about" the purported urine test, but if the allegations are accurate, he would view it as a "form of harassment and mysterious conduct from the BOP."

'Todd is doing well, his spirits are up'

Surgent stated, "Todd is doing well, his spirits are up."

Todd is presently serving a 12-year sentence at a minimum security facility. This sentence was recently reduced to 10 years after Todd and his wife, Julie Chrisley, were found guilty of charges related to bank and tax fraud. From behind bars, the patriarch of the family has persisted in criticizing the purported conditions of the prison.

Surgent said, "Todd has been a witness to, and in actuality, he has been a victim of, a very cruel, broken and inhumane system, and one of his very highest priorities, outside of being reunited with his wife and his children, is to create real, lasting systemic change within the US Justice System and particularly within the American Prison System."

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