Some Nev. inmates balk at kosher proposal

Sept. 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

CARSON CITY, Nev., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Some Jewish inmates in Nevada prisons object to a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over kosher food, court records show.

The 45 objectors say the plan offered by the state does not guarantee kosher meals will be the equivalent in quality or nutrition of those served other prisoners, the Las Vegas Sun reported. A court hearing is scheduled Oct. 11.

Jacob Hafter, a Las Vegas lawyer who brought suit on behalf of prisoners, said he will recommend accepting the settlement.

A $387,310 contract with a non-profit organization, Scroll K/Vaad Hakashrus, was approved last week by the state Board of Examiners. The group is to ensure that prison kitchens are kosher and provide rabbinical supervision.

State officials say kosher meals are now available throughout the Nevada prison system with about 280 inmates using them.

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