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Sisney v. Reisch
Citation:754 N.W.2d 813
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In 1998, the Department of Corrections (“DOC”) and a former prison inmate reached a settlement agreement. Under this agreement, the DOC was required that a kosher diet be provided to all Jewish inmates who requested it. In 2007, Charles E. Sisney (plaintiff) filed a pro se complaint against the South Dakota State Penitentiary (“SDSP”). By then, SDSP’s food service provider had stopped serving prepackaged kosher meals. Instead, SDSP began serving a new kosher diet, including a rice and bean mixture prepared and cooked in the prison’s kitchen. Sisney brought suit against Douglas Weber and Tim Reisch (defendants), respectively the director of prisoner operations and the secretary of the DOC. Sisney alleged that the two violated the settlement and agreement and that he was a third-party beneficiary of the settlement agreement.
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