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Civil rights groups sue county over meals for Muslim inmates
by Paradise Afshar
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida sued Miami-Dade County, charging the Corrections Department with denying Muslim inmates meals that adhere to their religious dietary needs.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, says the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department's policy to give Muslim inmates meals intended for the general population violates the inmates' right to practice their religion freely, as inmates of other faiths are given meals that adhere to their dietary needs.
"You can't treat one inmate class different than another," said Thania Diaz Clevenger, a civil rights director of CAIR Florida. "Right now there is a big difference in the way they treat the three major religious communities."
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