Friday, August 17, 2012
Justice Department Sues Florida Prisons Over Lack of Kosher Meals For Religious Accommodation
As reported by the Huffington Post, on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in federal district court against the Florida Department of Corrections claiming that its refusal to supply kosher meals (except in a small pilot program in one facility) to those who have a religious need for them violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The complaint (full text) in United States v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections, (SD FL, filed 8/14/2012), alleges that Florida's "dietary policies force prisoners with a religious basis for consuming kosher meals to violate their core religious beliefs on a daily basis." Florida prisons discontinued their prior Jewish Dietary Accommodation Program in 2007.