A Maryland prison spokesman says state prisons will offer kosher meals for inmates who are observant Jews during Pesach.
Maryland Department of Correction spokesman Rick Binetti wouldn’t discuss the new policy, beyond saying the department would allow inmates to keep kosher for the coming Yom Tov.
The department is facing two lawsuits over kosher meals. One was argued in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday.
A former Allegany County Detention Center inmate is suing that facility over kosher meals and other observances. The trial in that case has been postponed until November.
Silver Spring Orthodox Rabbi Herzel Kranz said about 140 Jews are Maryland inmates. He said every Jew relates to Pesach and wants to eat matzoh.
(Source: The Associated Press)