Kosher Food in Prison

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | , , | 4 comments »

I wonder, Is it possible to get kosher meals in prison? In the workplace, employers cater to religious persons, because its the law and they want to be accommodating, maybe it's the same in prison. I doubt it. Since the food is all mass-produced the answer is probably no... unless it's a Jewish prison, which doesn't exist outside of Israel. Would jail chefs cook special food for one lone kosher-keeping Jew in his prison? I would hope so.



What if I end up in jail for some reason? Not that I would ever break the law, but what if I'm framed? What if some ingenious criminal frames me so perfectly and elaborately that my lawyer can't prove my innocence? Then what? I'll be stuck in a prison cafeteria eating... I wonder what the halacha (Jewish Law) has to say on the issue of what to eat in prison. I'm sure the ruling would be that if you are imprisoned and there's no alternative to unkosher food, you'd be able to eat the unkosher food so you wouldn't die. However, since your food options are so limited, should you avoid the worst unkosher culprits? Besides the occasional pasta, the only protein sources in prison are meat, so what would you do? You need protein.

I hope I don't go to jail. Please don't frame me.


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  1. Kristin // August 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM  

    I am going to go out on a limb here and say that if you were in prison, you'd have bigger problems than not being able to eat kosher. For example, being in prison, especially if you are innocent, is a pretty big problem.

  2. Adam // August 21, 2008 at 11:04 PM  

    that's why you're going to be my lawyer!

  3. Anonymous // September 24, 2008 at 7:19 PM  

    heya!
    stumbled across this whilst cyberstalking.
    your friend from across the ocean here...
    in case you are interested, if you are in prison in england's green and pleasant land, you can be sure that you shall be provided with two full kosher meals, catered by the lovely people at hermolis (also the providers of the delicious if slightly cold and congealed kosher airplane meals you would have enjoyed flying across the atlantic, and british kosher hospital meals.

    so, the answer to your question, if you are gonna break the 11th commandment, do it in england
    thankyou
    sincerely
    rachel. x

  4. Anonymous // June 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

    B"H

    My son has been arrested and has spent more than two weeks in jail so far. He has been denied his rights to Kosher food, access to clergy, and access to religious materials. They put him in solitary confinement because he is a Jew, and they wouldn't tell him what time it was--so he didn't know what time to start and stop Shabbat, pray, etc. It has been a nightmare.

    Please see my blog:

    http://nokosherfoodindekalbcojail.wordpress.com/