Texas Inmate Demands Prison Provide Him with Kosher Food
There are 884 Jewish inmates in the Texas prison system, and 29 of them self-identify as “Orthodox,” according to state officials. One Jewish inmate, Max Moussazadeh, is demanding that the prison where he is housed in solitary confinement provide him with kosher food.
On Monday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear oral arguments in the case of Moussazadeh v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The court will decide whether the Jewish inmate has a right to be provided a kosher diet. His lawyers say the change would cost TDCJ between $1,000 and $3,000 per year, or an extra 0.02 percent of the agency’s annual budget.