Muslim Prisoners Sue American Jail Over Not Providing Halal Food
Four Muslim prisoners, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida filed a federal lawsuit challenging Miami-Dade County’s refusal to provide halal food to Muslim inmates. The meal policy which has been operative since October 2014 violates the rights of Muslim prisoners to practice their religion. Hence, the lawsuit appealed the court to take it down.
In addition, the lawsuit also stated that the county provides kosher meals for Jewish inmates but the Muslims were obliged to eat the same meals which did not meet religious standards, which forbid certain animals, requires animals to be slaughtered in a particular way and mandates that halal foods not come into contact with other foods.
The Muslim inmates feel that they are mistreated and the meal policy is unfair.