Boone County Jail adopts meal plan for Muslim inmates, ACLU drops lawsuit in case

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LEBANON, Ind. — A central Indiana jail that was sued by a Muslim inmate now is providing a diet that follows Islamic dietary laws.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday its jail has adopted a halal meal plan for Muslim inmates. The development came days after a federal judge granted the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s request to drop a lawsuit it filed in August.

The ACLU had accused the jail of violating the First Amendment rights of inmate 27-year-old Gannon Thomas and his rights under Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last year states government entities cannot pose a substantial burden to a person’s exercise of religion.

Thomas objected to being served pork and other meat not slaughtered according to Islamic laws.

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