REPORT: Judge orders prison to stop serving pork to Muslim inmates

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A judge ruled Friday that a jail in Alaska must provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates after they alleged they were being “starved” and fed pork products during Ramadan.

The ruling is in response to a lawsuit the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed on behalf of two Muslim prisoners against Alaska Department of Corrections officials.

The article goes on to state the following:

The suit claimed that officials at the Anchorage Correctional Complex were violating the inmates’ constitutional rights and exhibiting discriminatory behavior by refusing to provide them with appropriate meals and necessary calories during Ramadan.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said at the Thursday hearing that an emergency order will resemble the two inmates’ request for nutritionally adequate, pork-free food during the holy month, which started on May 16 and will end on June 15, according to the lawsuit obtained by WTOP.

 The lawsuit said that those who observe Ramadan receive “cold meals” ranging from 500 to 1,100 calories, when the prisoners should be receiving hot meals totaling 2,600 to 2,800 calories per day under the state’s policy.

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In a report by the Associated Press on Thursday, in response to the lawsuit filed by CAIR claiming they weren’t getting enough calories:

Alaska corrections department spokeswoman Megan Edge said in a statement that the department cannot comment on specific litigation but can provide general information on efforts to accommodate inmates who want to observe religious practices.

She said the Anchorage jail provides two sack meals each night to inmates observing Ramadan. In total, each of those inmates receives four sandwiches and four pieces of fruit, vegetable sticks, two servings of milk and cookies or cake, she said.

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