More than 100 prisoners at an Edinburgh prison are claiming to be Jewish so they can eat better-quality kosher meals, an official inspection report has revealed.

“A significant number of prisoners had decided to move onto a kosher diet, which did not appear to be for wholly faith based reasons” HMIPS report around 13 per cent of the 870-capacity jail’s population is currently on a kosher diet, which is four times more expensive than the regular menu, the report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) says. While regular prison meals cost around £2, the kosher option costs the prison almost £8.

“It’s about time someone saw through this farce and did something about it, but I can see what will come next, we’ll get accused of religious discrimination if we stop their meals.”


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