A federal judge has cleared the way for a civil lawsuit to proceed against Michigan correction officials over how many calories they fed Muslim inmates during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The lawsuit, filed by filed by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, challenges the nutritional adequacy of the meals provided to inmates within the Michigan Department of Corrections during Ramadan in 2011 and 2012.

CAIR officials said four Muslim inmates received as little as one-third of the recommended daily calories in Ramadan 2011 and 2012 while serving sentences at four correctional facilities: Saginaw, Newberry, Parnall and Alger.

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