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York County prison inmates claim to be Jewish for meals

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2013 3:56 PM
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(York) -- The warden at the York County Prison say some inmates are falsely claiming to be Jewish in order to get kosher meals.

Mary Sabol says it's led to a dramatic spike in food costs at the jail.

County acting solicitor Donald Reihart says officials must honor valid religious conversions. But he says that's not the case with many inmates.

Reihart says some prisoners game the system because they think kosher meals taste better than regular ones. Officials dispute any quality difference.

A prison spokesman says kosher meals are prepared outside the facility while regular ones are made on-site. The type of food varies on a pre-set schedule.

The prison has about 2,300 inmates and more than 140 are requesting kosher meals.

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  • Stephanie Allison Seaton img 2013-02-20 22:43

    Who are you to judge the validity of their relgious belief? What is for sure is the kosher food is better quality or you would not be complaining about cost. #civilrightsandreligiousfreedomforall. No matter the cost!

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