Judge OKs deal on halal meals in Mich. prisons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT A judge has approved a settlement that guarantees halal meals for Muslim inmates in Michigan prisons.

A halal meal is prepared under Islamic rules about pork and the slaughter of animals. Inmates sued in 2006, saying the Corrections Department violated their right to practice their religion.

Detroit federal Judge Avern Cohn approved the deal Monday, despite objections from some prisoners who say they prefer meat in their meals. The agreement only covers preparation of the food, not what's in it.

The state is serving a vegetarian meal for inmates requesting a meal that adheres to their religion.

Earlier in the case, the judge ordered the state to ensure that Muslim prisoners can celebrate an important Muslim festival.

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