US sues Florida over ending kosher meals in prisons

August 18, 2012 06:56

MIAMI - Hundreds of Florida prisoners have been forced to choose between starving or violating their religious beliefs since the state stopped offering kosher meals in its prisons, the US Justice Department said in a lawsuit.

The federal government filed suit against the Florida Department of Corrections in US District Court in Miami on Tuesday, accusing the state of violating prisoners' religious rights by ending its kosher meal service in 2007.

"Because there is pending litigation, we are not able to make any comments," a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections said on Friday.

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