A nonprofit that advocates for the civil rights of Muslims filed a lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Corrections in federal court this week, saying inmates at the Anchorage jail observing Ramadan are being given dangerously meager meals, including being served bologna sandwiches containing pork.
The DOC says the bologna was made of turkey and the department is making every effort to accommodate the religious practices of Muslim prisoners.
Muslim inmates at the Anchorage jail "are being starved," said Gadeir Abbas, a senior litigation attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR got involved after hearing reports that Muslim inmates in Alaska weren't getting enough food during Ramadan, Abbas said. In 2017, the group settled a similar lawsuit against Michigan correctional authorities.