Halal diet case dismissed against Boone County sheriff

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped a lawsuit against the Boone County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of a Muslim inmate.

The suit, filed in August, claimed the sheriff refused to serve inmate Gannon Thomas food that adheres to Islamic law or Halal food. It also stated he was frequently served pork, which goes against his religion.

Booking photo shows Gannon Thomas. (Photo Provided: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Gannon Thomas. (Photo Provided: Boone County Sheriff’s Office)

A spokesperson for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said after an investigation, the department has adopted a six-week Halal meal plan for inmates who practice the Muslim religion.

The lawsuit has since been voluntarily dismissed.

“The Boone County Sheriff’s Office continuously strives to provide safe and secure detention while respecting each inmate’s constitutional rights. The prompt dismissal of this lawsuit verifies their commitment to this mission,” Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said.

He said the new Halal meal plan adheres to the specific Muslim meal regimens and it’s compatible in protein and other nutrients and approved by their dietary nutritionist.