A federal judge Friday ordered the Alaska Department of Corrections to provide fasting Muslim inmates with pork-free meals containing at least 2,600 calories per day, after two inmates in the Anchorage jail sued saying they were being fed dangerously meager meals that contained pork products.
H. Russel Holland, a U.S. district judge in Alaska, issued the emergency order. He also said in his ruling that the agency cannot remove either plaintiff from the Ramadan Meal List.
A nonprofit that advocates for the civil rights of Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., filed the lawsuit on behalf of the inmates Anas A. Dowl, 41, and Ernest A. Jacobsson, 38, on Tuesday. An attorney for the group had said Muslim inmates were being starved.