WCTV | Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta | News, Weather, Sports

US Seeks Order For Kosher Diet In Florida Prisons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By: CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a Miami federal judge to guarantee that Jewish inmates in Florida prisons can have access to a kosher diet.

Government lawyers will ask U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz at a hearing Tuesday to issue an order ensuring the state maintains kosher diet offerings. Muslim inmates are seeking to join the case so they can get halal or kosher meals as well.

In response to lawsuits, Florida officials said kosher meals would be served in prisons statewide beginning in September. But Justice Department and inmate attorneys say a court order is necessary to make sure the state doesn't rescind its policy.

Kosher and halal meals adhere to strict religious dietary rules. The inmates contend they are prevented from properly exercising their faiths.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210066841