I don't really like criminals, but they are entitled to the same First Amendment rights as everyone else.
Inmate sues Will County Jail over non-kosher food
By Dennis Sullivan Special to the Tribune
12:06 p.m. CST, March 2, 2013
A 24-year-old man linked to a series of Chicago-area burglaries that targeted elderly residents has filed a federal lawsuit against the Will County Adult Detention Facility alleging his civil rights were violated in 2012 while he was being held on a charge of burglarizing a New Lenox home.
Sal V. Auditore, whose recent residences include Carol Stream, Joliet and Mesa, Ariz., alleges the food he was served from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 either used pork for the main dish or featured side dishes that hadn't been prepared according to kosher rules.
Auditore claims in the suit filed on Jan. 23 that he previously had informed staff he was Jewish and required the special diet. The suit claims jail officials typically ignored his objections to the non-kosher food he was served, however, one corrections officer allegedly responded: "I don't care about your religion. If you don't like it, don't eat it."
Auditore is seeking actual, compensatory and punitive damages and has requested a jury trial.
Ken Kaupas, spokesman for the Will County sheriff's office, declined to comment, citing department policy on lawsuits.
Will County Circuit Court records show Auditore was sentenced to four years in prison on Feb. 8 after pleading guilty to burglarizing a New Lenox home in June 2010.
In August 2010, Auditore and an accomplice were charged in Cook County in connection with a series of ruse entries and thefts involving seniors.
The charge alleges he and the other man targeted three senior residents of an assisted living center in Palos Park, gaining entry to their homes by saying they were working on a high school project and needed help.
Sheriff's police said they "would talk about the project, then one would ask to use the restroom, and proceed to steal money, checks, credit cards and other items."