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Florida inmates seek kosher prison meals

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 04:47 PM

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MIAMI -

Muslim inmates in Florida are asking to join a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Jewish prisoners demanding that the state Department of Corrections provide kosher meals.

Attorneys for the Muslim prisoners say they are unable to get halal meals, which are those prepared under Islamic law. The Muslims say they would also accept the kosher diet as an alternative.

A Miami federal judge is holding a hearing Tuesday on whether to order Florida prison officials to serve kosher meals for Jewish prisoners who qualify. The Muslims say they should be treated equally and want to join in that lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Prison officials have restarted the kosher meals program, but federal officials want a court order to guarantee it stays in place.

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