Fla. resumes kosher meals in jails after 5 years

Prison (generic)
Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 02:53:01-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The state says it will again serve kosher meals to inmates after more than five years without them.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections confirmed the change Monday.

It comes five months after the federal government sued the state, saying the lack of kosher meals forced inmates to violate their core religious beliefs each day.

Many Muslim inmates had also relied on the kosher meals because the state doesn't offer halal food to prisoners. When corrections officials ended the kosher meals in 2007 they cited cost and said it would be unfair to satisfy some religious preferences and not others.

They instead ended the use of pork products and encouraged those with religious diets to choose vegetarian or vegan meals.