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Idaho Jewish Prisoners Can Now Get Kosher Food
August 23, 2017
by Michelle Honig
Four Jews locked up in Idaho prisons will finally be able to eat kosher.
A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s Department of Correction is required to provide kosher meals in all of its facilities.
After the prisoners were only able to consume fruit and matzah during Passover because they were not provided with kosher meals, a lawsuit was filed in May by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU claimed that the prison service was violating the prisoners’ constitutional rights to free exercise of religion.
Leo Morales, the Executive Director of the ACLU, told Boise State Public Radio that the Jewish prisoners “stood up for a fundamental value and constitutional principle that we have in this country of separation of church and state and also allowing the individual to practice their religious beliefs regardless of whether they’re outside the prisons or inside the prisons.”
The kosher menu will include 19 different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The court will be monitoring the implementation of the kosher food program to ensure compliance with kashrut, such as providing the meals in pre-packaged, sealed containers.
The kosher meal plan is slated to be instituted no later than November 1 of this year.
The judge’s ruling, however, does not fully resolve the lawsuit. The ACLU is also suing for compensation on behalf of the prisoners, who were forced to eat non-kosher food for years while incarcerated.
Michelle Honig is a writer at the Forward. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.
Read more: http://forward.com/food/380841/idaho-jewish-prisoners-can-now-get-kosher-food/
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After Years of Slammed Doors, Torture Survivors Finally End Impunity Streak
By Dror Ladin, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
August 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud
As an attorney representing victims of torture, one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen is the sheer determination of survivors standing up and publicly confronting those responsible. That’s why I’m so elated that our clients Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and Obaidullah have surmounted so many obstacles in their long pursuit of justice.
Last week, almost two years after filing their lawsuit, our clients prevailed over the final attempt to keep their claims out of court. And today, these brave men secured a settlement from James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, the two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA torture program that ensnared two of them and killed a relative of the third. …
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Aug. 15, 2017
NY re-entry program awards Cornell $750K for prison education
Cornell’s Prison Education Program (CPEP) has received $750,000 in grant funding from the College-in-Prison Reentry Program, an effort to expand educational opportunities at correctional facilities across New York state.
Cornell is one of seven colleges and universities in New York awarded grants totaling $5 million to provide college-level classes, training and re-entry services at 17 state prisons over the next five years. CPEP operates at the Cayuga, Auburn, Elmira and Five Points correctional facilities.
Announced Aug. 7 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., the awards are funded by the Manhattan DA’s office through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. The initiative backs transformative projects to prevent crime and improve public safety and the justice system with $250 million seized in international financial crime prosecutions.
Cuomo unveiled the college education program in 2016 as part of a common-sense criminal justice reform package through his Right Priorities Initiative.
“New York continues to stand out as a leader in pushing for criminal justice reform and in thinking of education as a vehicle for decreasing the scale of mass incarceration in the United States,” said Robert Scott, CPEP executive director. “A year or so ago this seemed to be the direction the country was heading in its thinking. The federal administration had a similar initiative proposed, using the Pell Grant to fund prison education.”
There was growing bipartisan support at the federal level earlier in the decade for proactive measures addressing mass incarceration, Scott explained.
“Now New York is distinguished for having done that,” he said. “Other states, such as Indiana, have experienced a reduction of college in prison programs in recent years.”
About 1,000 incarcerated individuals in New York state now receive college-level instruction each year. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program will make classes and training available to more than 2,500 additional inmates across the state, increasing the current number by 500-600 each year through grant and matching funds.
Cornell has pledged to add seats for 50 more individuals to its program over the life of the grant, “but over five to six years it may be much more,” Scott said.
Providing education is crucial in preparing a person in prison for successful re-entry into the community, Cuomo and Vance said.
“Prison isn’t just about serving time for one’s crimes. It’s an opportunity to help those who have made mistakes rehabilitate and rebuild their lives,” Cuomo said.
Participants in prison education programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison and 13 percent more likely to obtain employment after their release, according to a 2013 study by the RAND Corp.
“It makes no sense to send someone to prison with no pathway for them to succeed when they get out,” Vance said. “Investing in college education programs is a proven, cost-effective way to break the harmful cycle of recidivism and keep our communities safe.”