The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 guarantees religious freedoms for all incarcerated inmates in the United States.
Special meals such as kosher and halal are just two of several accommodations made for religious offenders, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections policy.
The department's policies manual designates certain days that are non-
Exceptions and special rules made for religious offenders are outlined in the policy manual, but decisions are made on a facility-
Kosher and halal meals are made available for verified Jewish and Muslim inmates, and Buddhist inmates have the option of eating vegetarian meals.
Additionally, protocol calls for kosher meals to be served cold Saturdays, and for halal meals to be served before dawn and after sunset during Ramadan, which requires fasting during daylight hours.
Substitute menus for religious purposes are approved by a licensed dietitian, but access is approved by the chaplain based on a particular faith's recognized sacred text, historically established procedures and outside religious authorities.
Special foods for religious ceremonies also are allowed, including Seder plate and matzah for Jews on Passover, dates for Muslims during Ramadan, and bread and grape juice for various Christian denominations for the celebration of communion or the Eucharist.
Up to two ounces of wine can be brought in by religious leaders and volunteers during Eucharist for offenders who subscribe to the Catholic and Episcopal faiths, but the offenders are not allowed to consume the wine.
Offenders who subscribe to some faiths are allowed certain days without work.
Religious objects, symbols
The department's policies for religious objects and symbols include two long lists: one for objects allowed at the facility, and another for objects actually allowed in cells.
Specific rules regarding size, color, style, and usage dictate which objects are approved.
Religious neckwear and literature is allowable in individual cells by members of all faiths.
Communal objects allowed during certain religious ceremonies include:
Objects allowed in individual cells for religious purposes include: