California Prisons to Serve Kosher Meals to Jewish Inmates

December 13, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On December 13, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported,"California corrections officials have agreed to serve kosher meals to Jewish inmates, settling a federal First Amendment lawsuit brought by a man serving a 60-year sentence for child molestation. The settlement arrived at this week requires the Department of Corrections to make kosher meals available at California State Prison Solano by Jan. 11. The prison is where Victor Wayne Cooper, an inmate and Orthodox Jew who brought the lawsuit, has been incarcerated since 1989. As part of the agreement, the state also must make good-faith efforts to make kosher food available at its other prisons by 2006."

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