GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico prison at the center of a lawsuit wants to take its chances in federal court.
Monica Lujan, a former inmate at the women’s prison in Grants, filed the lawsuit in November claiming prison employees violated her constitutional rights by not allowing her to practice satanism.
She says she requested a copy of the satanic bible several times and was denied. Lujan also claims she asked to practice her rituals, but was prohibited from doing so, and that all of her religious items were confiscated.
The lawsuit filed in state district court, but there is now a push by the company that runs the prison to move it to federal court.
Lujan is seeking compensation for pain and suffering as well as attorney fees.