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CAIR-MI Files Suit Seeking Adequate Diet For Muslim Inmates During Ramadan

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Muslim inmates against the Michigan Department of Corrections for the denial of an adequate diet during the yearly month-long fast of Ramadan. 

SEE: Lawsuit Claims Unfair Treatment Of Muslim Inmates http://tinyurl.com/askrp4t  

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division, challenges a policy that requires Muslim inmates to sacrifice an adequate diet when they elect to participate in the Ramadan fast. Muslim inmates receive less than half the calories that other inmates receive. The suit also challenges a policy that prevents Muslims from maintaining a religiously-mandated, or halal, diet.

READ the entire lawsuit: http://tinyurl.com/CAIRMILawsuit

CAIR-MI is seeking a court order enjoining the department from denying Muslim inmates an adequate diet during the upcoming month of Ramadan, which is scheduled to commence on or about July 9, 2013.

"The Michigan Department of Corrections' Ramadan policy is discriminatory and subjects Muslim inmates participating in the Ramadan fast to cruel and unusual punishment by denying them a proper nutritional and caloric diet on a daily basis," said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri.

CAIR offers an educational toolkit, called "A Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help correctional officers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: A Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices http://tinyurl.com/CAIRCorrectionsGuide

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, (248) 390-9784, E-Mail:  lmasri@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations

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