MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and four inmates is challenging Miami-Dade County’s denial of religious-based meals to Muslims.READ MORE: Missing Miami Woman Yennyfer Rodriguez Found
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, said that the policy in place since October 2014 violates the rights of Muslim inmates to exercise their religion and asks a judge to strike it down. The county provides kosher meals for Jewish inmates but not the halal meals requested by Muslims.READ MORE: Confessed Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty Wednesday To Massacre
Instead, the lawsuit says, Muslims are required to eat a general population diet that does not meet religious standards that prohibit certain animals, requires animals to be slaughtered in a particular way, and mandates that halal foods not come into contact with other foods.
A spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department declined to comment on the lawsuit.MORE NEWS: Arrest Affidavit: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Claims He Was Trying To Kill Himself In Struggle With Slain Officer Yandy Chirino
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