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In the August, 1995, PLN our ar ticle WA Passes Record Anti-Prisoner/Defendant Legislation commented at length on House Bill 2010. We were somewhat skeptical of provisions within the bill that designated efforts to explore establishing a kosher kitchen at the Airway Heights prison near Spokane, WA for the purpose of supplying kosher meals to prisons across the US.

We were recently contacted by Gary Friedman, the PLN supporter who heads the International Coalition for Jewish Prisoner Services in Seattle. He informed us that he was among those who had lobbied for passing this law. The purpose of this is to be able to provide religious diets not only to Jewish prisoners but to Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists and others whose religions require special diets. We apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused. Readers desiring more information on this subject can contact Gary at: Gary Friedman, ICJPS, P.O. Box 85840, Seattle, WA 98145. (206) 524-3813. Gary emphasizes that his organization supports the religious rights of all prisoners, not just Jewish prisoners.

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