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Halal food served to detainees at Calhoun County Correctional Center
by Fuad Shalhout
Thanks in large part to the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan, detainees at the Calhoun County Correctional Center in Battle Creek, who face deportation, now have the option of being served halal meat. The Center is currently the largest detention facility in Michigan for people facing potential deportation.
This news comes after CAIR-MI Safe Spaces Coordinator, Warda Kalim, helped negotiate with the correctional center, saying it was very cooperative and willing to get it done.
"I originally wrote a letter to the chaplain of the correctional facility outlining our concerns and explaining the role of Safe Spaces at CAIR-MI," she said. "In response, I received a call directly from Captain Lee Zick of the correctional center." Captain Zick was surprised some of the inmates' religious dietary needs were not being met and was willing to work with CAIR-MI to ensure inmates would receive halal food.
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