Florida Jails Pressured to Begin Serving Kosher Meals

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Typically, Kosher offerings are reserved for Jewish inmates with pertinent religious beliefs. However, some state prison systems have seen an unusual surge in Kosher meal requests ever since their introduction, leading to budgetary concerns. This is particularly true in Florida.

Why? Well, it costs about $7 per day for three Kosher meals in the Florida prison system, while standard prison food is $1.54 per day. California’s Kosher options also have a hefty price tag of $8 per three servings, while New York’s offerings weigh in at $5. The large price gap in these dishes add up over time, and there’s no standard way to decipher which inmates sincerely need Kosher food for religious reasons. That’s where prison officials try to decipher needs versus desires, which is certainly a gray area.

Florida is one of only 15 states that doesn’t serve Kosher food throughout its jail system. Although, the state is currently under court order, due to inmates’ religious freedom, to temporarily do so by July until the issue is resolved in trial.

H/T NYT + Picthx Garrett Ziegler



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  • SilverX2

    thats insane. Criminals don’t deserve the right to choose what they get.

  • Anonymous

    Certainly the meal shown is at a restaurant and not in a jail (at least thats my hope). How bout bread (kosher of course) and water (not sure if thats kosher, if not dont serve any!) and nothing more!

  • Tim

    Think about it for a second. It’s been a relatively well known “secret” that if you want an edible airplane meal you ask for a vegetarian or kosher option. I guess it would be the same for prison food right?

  • Anonymous

    Anything to be a pain in the arse on the prison system. Can’t believe they also take it to trial..more taxpayer money going to WAsTE. Now lets talk about how much it costs to keep a turd in prison…More than the average family earns, more than it costs to send a college kid to school..more than the cost of a two year old BMW..