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Washington DOC Pays $1,100 for Failing to Provide Kosher Meals

On August 16, 2004, the State of Washington paid $1,100 to settle with a state prisoner who sued the Department of Corrections for failing to provide kosher meals. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Plaintiff George Golay claimed that although he is a practitioner of Judaism the DOC failed to provide him with kosher meals for over a year. Golay claimed this was in violation of a previously stipulated agreement. Golay further contended that the prison store provided no kosher items and that on multiple occasions he was provided meals with moldy bread and rancid milk.

The case, filed on April 7, 2004, settled four months later for $1,100. Golay filed the case pro se. See: Golay v. Christine, USDC ED WA, Case No. CS-03-332-AAM.

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Golay v. Christine