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April 20, 2006

Kosher meals in Maryland prisons

I seem to be in the minority on this one, but please tell me why we should care if observant Jews who commit crimes and are sentenced to prison can't get kosher meals there.

We don't send Jews to prison on trumped up charges in this country, so if you're convicted, there's a pretty damn good chance you've actually committed a crime. And if you're a criminal, and if you don't care about following a law that affects your relationship with your fellow citizens, why should we care whether you're able to follow another law that at most affects your relationship with God? Besides, if you know you're not going to be able to keep kosher in prison, maybe you you'll try not to commit crimes. Just possible, isn't it?

Someone needs to point this out, but according to an article in the Washington Jewish Week, everyone else in Maryland seems to be trying to make sure there are kosher meals in state prison for people who observe the laws -- well, some of the laws, anyway.