Inmate protests kosher service termination

June 2, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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LAS VEGAS, June 2 (UPI) -- A Nevada inmate seeks an injunction to block the prison system's plan to end kosher food service to prisoners who keep kosher, the man's lawyers said.

Attorneys for prisoner Howard Ackerman, an Orthodox Jew, said the temporary restraining order was filed Wednesday in a Las Vegas federal court to protect the religious rights of their client and other prisoners who keep kosher, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

"This will interfere with the ability of Mr. Ackerman and similarly situated Orthodox Jews to be able to observe the tenets of their religion. This issue has been well litigated throughout the United States, including in this court, and it has been held time and time again, that such interference with a prisoner's right to kosher food is prohibited," the court-filed motion said.

Ackerman's lawyers, Jacob Hafter and Michael Naethe, say the state Department of Corrections has planned this week or next week to stop serving kosher food to inmates requesting it in all state prisons.

The court has not yet acted on the motion, and attorneys for the state have not yet responded, the newspaper said.

Ackerman is incarcerated in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City.

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