Filed Thursday, September 3, 2015, the lawsuit claims that the policy in place since October 2014 violates the rights of Muslim inmates in the "exercise of their religious beliefs and asks the District Court judge to strike it down. According to the documents, "the county provides kosher meals for Jewish inmates" but does not provide halal meals for Muslims.
The lawsuit asserts that Muslims have to eat the general population's diet which does not meet the religious standards of Islam prohibiting certain animals or requiring animals to be slaughtered in a particular way.
Islam also mandates that halal foods not come into contact with other foods.
When contacted the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department declined to make a comment on the lawsuit.
However, a source familiar with the facility told Sun Bay that "this wasn't the first time Muslims have sought special privileges at the jail to recognize the requirements of Islam for Muslims." This same source noted that breaking the law in general is also "against the tenets" of Islam.