Inmate allegedly denied kosher food in prison sues state

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 Connecticut home invasion is suing the state, claiming his rights are violated because he’s being denied kosher food in prison.

The New Haven Register reports that death row inmate Steven Hayes describes himself as an orthodox Jew and claims he’s been requesting a kosher diet since May 2013.

Hayes also says denying him a kosher diet violates his Eighth Amendment right that forbids cruel and unusual punishment because he must eat non-kosher food to survive.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Correction declined to comment and said the lawsuit has been referred to the attorney general. A spokeswoman said the attorney general will respond in court.

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  • Kamala jenkins

    Oh Mort acai give me a break its prison. When does the state have to cater to the needs of a person who violated the law. What’s next laptops cable TV . Why not serve manashevitz with every meal please. If my cousin cant get stewed swine, and corn bread in lockup. What makes you any different.

  • Angela Leach

    wow he is claiming denied rights and infringement of the Eight Amendment (was he thinking that when he killed those persons that he was denying their right to live). As an inmate your rights to alot of things have been revoked.

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