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U.S. judge orders kosher meals at Florida prisons
Court moves to 'prevent irreparable harm to hundreds of Florida prisoners who believe that keeping kosher is an important part of their religious beliefs.'
A U.S. federal judge has ordered Florida prisons to offer special meals to "all prisoners with a sincere religious basis for keeping kosher," the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.
The December 5 ruling sided with the federal government's Department of Justice forcing the state to stop dragging its feet on a kosher meals program for prisoners.
Florida's Department of Corrections has said the program will likely be too expensive to maintain and also that federal laws protecting religious liberty do not mandate the state to offer prisoners kosher meals, according to the Herald's report.
The court disagreed, however, giving the state until July 1 to follow through on the ruling.
"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.