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Maryland adopts Virginia’s kosher policy

Virginia is being cited for providing a good example on a subject that might not have occurred to you – providing kosher meals to Jewish prison inmates.

Maryland says it is adopting Virginia’s policy – and apparently its recipes – to take effect on Passover, which begins April 8.

The state is a defendant in two cases, one of them before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in which inmates contend that pork-free and vegetarian diets are no substitute for kosher meals.

Our sister publication, The Daily Record in Baltimore, has a story about the issue and an inmate who hardly is the best symbol to personify it.

Maryland notes in its 4th Circuit brief that Scott L. Rendleman has supplemented his many requests for a kosher diet with “obscene threats of violence to prison employees and other officials.”

By Alan Cooper

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