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Ohio Muslim Inmates Settle Meal Preparation Suit

A Muslim death row inmate has settled a lawsuit that accused the Ohio prison system of denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law while providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners. Ohio had previously decided to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to the lawsuit, though inmates weren't seeking a ban on pork. Details of the settlement weren't released. Neither the inmate's lawyer or the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction would comment. The state argued as recently as last month that providing the meals, known as halal, could bankrupt the state's food service system because thousands of inmates have declared themselves Muslim. Attorneys for Abdul Awkal and a second inmate argued that the state was exaggerating the cost.