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Jewish Prisoners’ Rights Violated by Vegan Meals on Holidays

Oct. 12, 2021, 7:50 PM

Michigan corrections officials substantially burdened Jewish prisoners’ religious exercise by refusing to provide kosher meat and dairy products at meals on the Sabbath and four religious holidays, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

A Michigan Department of Corrections policy forcing Jewish prisoners to eat vegan meals doesn’t accommodate their sincerely held religious beliefs as required by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said.

Gerald Ackerman and Mark Shaykin are prisoners confined in MDOC facilities. Like other prisoners with religious beliefs restricting their diets, Ackerman and Shaykin get universal religious ...

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