Judge Orders Kosher Meals At State Prisons

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF)  –Starting July 1st prisoners will have the option of  kosher meals thanks to a federal judge who ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to offer kosher meals to “all prisoners with a sincere religious basis for keeping kosher.”

The little-noticed ruling, signed Dec. 5, grants the U.S. Department of Justice a preliminary injunction forcing the state agency to offer kosher meals and to drop some of the restrictions on a kosher program at one state facility.

“Injunctive relief is necessary to prevent irreparable harm to hundreds of Florida prisoners who believe that keeping kosher is an important part of their religious beliefs,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz in her decision.

The lawsuit concerns the state’s Religious Diet Program, or RDP, currently in place only at Union Correctional Institution. According to Seitz’s ruling, the state has continuously changed its timeframe for expanding the program, first saying it would…

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