The kitchen at the
Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has been torched.
By a rabbi.
On Tuesday, Rabbi
Menachem Fellig of Miami, Fla., visited the prisoners’ dining area with
propane torch in hand, to make sure everything was kosher.
The process is
called torching and it’s a common way to make stoves, pots, pans, and other
kitchen utensils kosher. The idea is to superheat the metal, burning away
residue from non-kosher items that may have been cooked in them. Torching
opens up the pores of the metal.
Department of Correction (DOC) is seeing an increasing demand for Kosher
meals to meet a variety of religious needs,” said David Liebel, director of
religious services for DOC. “Preparing kosher meals in house will allow the
DOC to meet religious and nutritional needs in a financially responsible
This Indiana State
Prison was built in 1860 and is the oldest correctional facility in
operation for the DOC. It’s located on 102 acres of land on Michigan City’s
west side. The physical plant consists of 52 buildings, which include 13
offender-housing units, steam plant, garage, warehouse, industries
buildings, and five staff housing units.
The main walled
compound surrounds 24 acres of land. Located on the same grounds, outside
the wall, is the unit dedicated to house the medium-security offenders.