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CAIR-MI settles suit against MDOC over Ramadan meals
by Holly Fournier and Jennifer Chambers
A Muslim civil liberties organization has settled its lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections on behalf of inmates allegedly denied adequate nutrition during the annual month-long Ramadan fast.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) filed the suit in 2013 after four Muslim inmates said they received as little as one-third of the recommended daily calories in Ramadan 2011 and 2012. The inmates were serving sentences at four correctional facilities: Saginaw, Newberry, Parnall in Jackson, and Alger, located in Wetmore.
The plaintiffs said they often received meals containing inedible food or less than what was set forth on the Ramadan menu. The morning meal also frequently was served after sunrise, precluding them from consuming the meal in accordance with the strictures of Ramadan observance.
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