The Florida Department of Corrections agreed to serve kosher food to
Jewish inmates, ending a five-year struggle that saw the US
Justice Department file a lawsuit against the state.
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Department of Corrections eliminated its prison kosher food program in
August, 2007, at which time an estimated 250 prisoners in Florida were
enrolled in the meal program.
However, a Justice Department
complaint filed last year accused Florida of
impinging on Jewish prisoners' rights through its failure to offer kosher food, citing a violation of the Religious Land
Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 which protects
prisoners' freedom of worship.
The Chabad-Lubavitch Aleph Institute, which serves the interests of Jewish inmates and soldiers around the nation, praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s strong advocacy on behalf of the inmates.