Effective immediately, the Florida Department of Corrections will hold participation in the Jewish Dietary Accommodation Program at current participation levels. The department will not be processing pending or future applications for the program until the findings and report of the Religious Dietary Study Group are complete.
The Religious Dietary Study Group is charged with conducting a review of religious dietary meal requirements for a period of not less than 90 days, with submission of monthly interim reports and a final report. The scope of the study will include the following tasks:
To conduct an analysis of the requirements of the religious dietary laws of the major faith groups represented in the Department of Corrections’ inmate population which have dietary requirements as part of the tenets of the faith.
To review and analyze the impact of an additional influx of participants to the religious dietary accommodation program and how the department may be able in the future to accommodate the religious dietary requirements of various faiths.
To conduct an analysis of religious meal accommodations within the parameters of an institutional prison setting in federal, state, and private prison systems.
To review the religious meal programs currently provided by the Department of Corrections pursuant to Florida Administrative Rules and pursuant to the Jewish Dietary Accommodations Procedure Number 503.005, reviewing, among other things, data in regard to food purchase and preparation, physical plant requirements, security and classification issues, administrative matters, utilization and participation, and cost.