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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

we're not lookin' for exactly grade-a type product

here's a revealing video from slate on a prison food convention in california. mmm. textured vegetable proteins...

understandably, food is an A#1 top-priority issue for inmates. michelle writes about teaching an inside-out class at oregon state penitentiary during a federal investigation of a major prison food scandal. when allegations of bribes, kickbacks, and tainted food arose, one of her inside students expressed himself in verse.


At 10:22 PM, Blogger S.S.Stone said...

Interesting video. I was unaware there were prsion food conventions..

"inmates were repeatedly fed bait fish from boxes clearly marked "not fit for human consumption" - AWFUL! this needs exposing...makes you wonder how much of this is going on and nothing being done about it.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

right. it definitely confirms inmates' worst suspicions. can you imagine what would have happened if a college administrator had done the same thing in a residence hall?

At 9:21 AM, Blogger S.S.Stone said...

ohhh they'd be crucified!
That's why I feel organizations such as Development and Peace that I'm involved with are so important ...we bring issues as such to the forefront, put it in their face and let conscience speak..public awareness is key...thank you again for posting this and making some of us aware.

P.s. Do you have a problem with upper case letters? laughing here...I read " anonymous' " remark over at "michelle writes" and laughed...they had the courage to ask what I was thinking! :)
(joking of course!)

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Leftwing Criminologist said...

know why they do it, i'd suggest its t do with keeping spending on such food down, everything else seems to be done on the cheap these days

At 1:22 PM, Blogger michelle inderbitzin said...

an update on the oregon case if anyone is interested:

in july, fred momen, the fired state prison food buyer, disappeared from oregon before he could be charged with taking more than $1 million in bribes from vendors.

four food vendors have pleaded guilty to bribing monem. the bribes resulted in more than $20 million in food business for the companies, according to court records.

in june, an outside review board concluded that "the food served to Oregon's 13,000 prison inmates is "acceptable."

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Velma said...

It becomes even more troubling when many of the vendors mention that prison standards are better than that of public schools. This is why I always pack the kids lunches. Great video.


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