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Prison Inmates Request Diet Accommodations for religious reasons...

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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 Prison Inmates Request Diet Accommodations for religious reasons...

TAMPA, Fla. -

 Long gone are the days when prisoners were given just bread and water behind bars. These days, inmates are served a variety of foods, but some are requesting a special diet to accommodate their religious beliefs.

"It's a very frustrating issue," said Senator Rob Bradley, who chairs the Appropriations Sub-Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice, which oversees the budget for the Department of Corrections.

Florida is now under federal court order to offer kosher meals to Jewish inmates -- which Bradley says will really add up.

"It's a little over $2 a meal for a regular prison meal and $7 for a kosher meal," said Bradley.

The Orange Park Republican says that can add up to more than $40 million a year, according to estimates provided by the DOC to Bradley.

"I am stunned by the numbers that it cost that much because that's taxpayer dollars that could be spent educating our kids, paying our teachers more, improving our roads and better medical care for Floridians," said Bradley.

Supporters of the recent court action say there really was no choice.

"Religious rights don't stop at the prison gate," said Chaplin Gary Friedman, who is chairman of Jewish Prisoner Services International.

Friedman says his home state of Washington has been offering kosher meals for years and that's the case in dozens of states.

"This has been going on with Florida now for at least 12 years that I've been involved with. It's been back and forth and back and forth so this is long, long overdue."

The recent court order was praised the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a step in the right direction.

"We feel that they should offer the same accommodations to Muslim inmates and all inmates regardless of their religious beliefs," said Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR's Tampa office.

Shibly is pushing for halal foods, which he says cost much less than kosher meals.

"For Muslim prisoners, the kind of meal they can eat is basically food which has been slaughtered properly with the name of god by a practicing Jew, Muslim or Christian, and that doesn't include any pork in it."

The final outcome has yet to be resolved. Lawyers for Florida's Department of Corrections plan to argue the merits of religious meals in court this summer. A trial is scheduled for August.



Read more: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/24990101/prision-inmates-request-diet-accomodations#ixzz2wEsc6ZId

 

 

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OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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 It's amazing the rights prisoners are given....

lga1965
by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM
That's ridiculous.
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jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

It's not always because of religious reasons.  Some lie to get better food.  

"Florida is now under a court order to begin serving kosher food to eligible inmates, a routine and court-tested practice in most states. But state prison officials expressed alarm recently over the surge in prisoners, many of them gentiles, who have stated an interest in going kosher.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM
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Meh, I'm honestly shocked that they've lasted this long. The courts have been pretty consistent in saying that your right to religion is one of the few rights a convict is allowed to keep in prison. Other states have had to deal with real issues of religion, like whether Muslims have to shave as the rest of the prison population etc. The food is kinda a given. The cheapest way is to go no pork or halal for everyone and that way everyone eats the same. Costs will go down if it's done in bulk and different meals aren't made for different prisoners.
No one has a constitutional right to pork sausage so why not just excise it from the prison diet?
MelanieJK
by Silver Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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Bread and water is kosher isn't it?      It seems like you could feed them some slop that would weed out the liars.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Ugh, no.


supermonstermom
by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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As we cut back on schools, we are going to spend more on feeding people who break the laws?  Its jail, not a hotel.

dawnie1
by #1 Raider fan on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM

How many ate kosher before they went to jail? Such b.s.! 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM
You would have to go strictly vegetarian. Meat isn't kosher just because it doesn't contain pork or shellfish. Nest has to be butchered properly to be kosher. A strictly vegetarian diet would do, however.

Quoting AdrianneHill: Meh, I'm honestly shocked that they've lasted this long. The courts have been pretty consistent in saying that your right to religion is one of the few rights a convict is allowed to keep in prison. Other states have had to deal with real issues of religion, like whether Muslims have to shave as the rest of the prison population etc. The food is kinda a given. The cheapest way is to go no pork or halal for everyone and that way everyone eats the same. Costs will go down if it's done in bulk and different meals aren't made for different prisoners.
No one has a constitutional right to pork sausage so why not just excise it from the prison diet?
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Then make them grow it.  They eat what they produce.  Don't produce? Bread and water.  

Quoting Bookwormy: You would have to go strictly vegetarian. Meat isn't kosher just because it doesn't contain pork or shellfish. Nest has to be butchered properly to be kosher. A strictly vegetarian diet would do, however.
Quoting AdrianneHill: Meh, I'm honestly shocked that they've lasted this long. The courts have been pretty consistent in saying that your right to religion is one of the few rights a convict is allowed to keep in prison. Other states have had to deal with real issues of religion, like whether Muslims have to shave as the rest of the prison population etc. The food is kinda a given. The cheapest way is to go no pork or halal for everyone and that way everyone eats the same. Costs will go down if it's done in bulk and different meals aren't made for different prisoners. No one has a constitutional right to pork sausage so why not just excise it from the prison diet?


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