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Inmate seeks circumcision

Publication Date: 
June 11, 2013
Jewish Journal
David A. Schwartz

SLS Religious Liberty Clinic students Paul Harold and Courtney Quiros are noted in this Jewish Journal article on their roles in representing a client who is asking the State of Florida's corrections department for permission to be circumcised.

A Florida prison inmate is asking the state's corrections department for permission to be circumcised.

Pablo Manuel Diaz, 37, of Miami-Dade County, who is serving a life sentence at the Blackwater Correctional Facility in Milton, sent a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections requesting a circumcision to be performed by a mohel in the prison's infirmary. An earlier request was turned down by the prison's warden.

Diaz was born in Cuba to a Jewish mother and has been active in Jewish prison ministry. The Miami office of Brit Yosef Yitzchak, an organization that claims to have performed 50,000 circumcisions on men of all ages throughout the world, has offered to do the circumcision at no charge.



"Hopefully they will see he has a right to [circumcision] under federal law," Harold said. The Clinic will sue the department if Diaz's latest request is turned down, he said. "We think they will be swayed by a federal judge ordering him to have a bris."