Muslims in Michigan prisons will be guaranteed meals that meet strict Islamic rules under a settlement a federal judge approved Monday.

The agreement ends years of litigation over the preparation of meals that are considered halal, or legal, under the Islamic faith. Earlier in the case, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn also ordered the state to ensure Muslim prisoners can celebrate important festivals and attend services that could conflict with work or education classes.

"Inmates do not lose their religious freedom rights simply because they're behind bars. The case was a tremendous success," said Michael Steinberg of the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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