Scottish inmates converting to Judaism for better meals
The British press has been covering an unusual phenomenon in Scottish prisons, where more and more prisoners are changing their religion and becoming Jewish for the specific purpose of getting better quality, kosher food.
The Scottish Prison System is not known for housing a large Jewish population. In fact, between 2013 – 2014, only nine Jewish inmates were found in the system. These days, however, more than 130 Scottish inmates have declared themselves to be of the Chosen People, much to the chagrin of those running the correctional facilities in charge of their welfare, which are now required to provide them with kosher meals that cost more than twice as much as their standard meal.
Apparently, the large group of Newly Jewish Scottish inmates saw the light after watching an episode of the Netflix comedy drama “Orange is the New Black,” where a character named “Black Cindy” converted to Judaism to receive better meals.
Prison bosses are duty bound to meat their ‘religious’ dietary requirements – which are said to be costing a fortune.
The meals are more expensive because they have to be prepared away from jail in the kosher style, reports the Daily Record .
It is costing the Scottish Prison Service thousands as the meals are more than double the cost of food prepared in prison kitchens.
“If a prisoner states they are Jewish and only eat kosher, we have to provide it. They’ve got this idea from Orange is the New Black and it’s spread among the more gallus prisoners, who will do anything to get better food, facilities or just to annoy the authorities ” a source said.
“I can’t wait to see their faces when it’s bacon butties on the menu and they’re told they’re not allowed any ” the source added.