Hochul signs bill that requires prisons to offer Halal and Kosher food

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill sponsored by Queens State Sen. Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, from Brooklyn, into law on Wednesday that now requires correctional facilities to provide food options that meet special religious dietary requirements.

Previously, incarcerated individuals of certain faiths, such as Islam and Judaism, were not provided with food options in correctional facilities that meet the dietary requirements of their respective religion. With the signing of the bill, all prisons are now required to provide Halal and Kosher food options at vending machines and commissary areas at the request of inmates.