[Photos] Prison Food: A Look At What US Prisoners Eat

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in Weird


Nutraloaf isn't the only prison food that might make you a little queasy. Check out some other questionable meals served at prisons across the United States.


Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa
Prisoners at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa are usually served a goulash for lunch. The prison houses roughly 950 inmates.


James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Delaware
The Nutraloaf is a food served in prisons across the United States to inmates who misbehave. The food usually consists of meat, vegetables and bread mashed together and baked into a loaf. This partially eaten nutraloaf was served to an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.


Maricopa County Tent City Jail, Phoenix
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple at breakfast time for inmates housed at the infamous Maricopa County Tent City Jail in Phoenix. The outdoor facility -- which kept offenders in small tents -- was shut down in October. IAB posted a bunch of photos of what a craphole it was.


Adelanto Detention Facility, California
This is what a typical lunch time meal looks like at Adelanto Detention Facility in Adelanto, California. The facility is the largest immigration detention center in the state.
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Male 13
Gotta say, these pictures show meals that are MUCH better than is typical, in my understanding. Particularly where most people are incarcerated: jails, rather than prisons. 

It's really unfortunate that our minds are so often simplistic. "Do bad things to bad people" is a 3rd grade view that we tend not to grow out of. Real life is more complex and nuanced than that. No one is just a bad guy. Punishments must be modulated. 

First of all, whatever crime a person has been convicted of, their penalty is explicit. In most cases it is confinement for a prescribed time. If we as a society think it's right to sentence someone to terrible food, abuse, poor health care, and bad hygiene, or any other punishment, that should be determined by the judge and jury. Otherwise, it's just petty and extrajudicial bullying. There is a specified amount of punishment someone is supposed to get, and after that, they should be treated like human beings. 

Second, it may be convenient to think of everybody in prison as a murderer or rapist, but that is not the majority of those in prison. It's more likely to be thieves, robbers, and drug users. And irrespective of their crimes, they are people. Dads, sons, friends. If you treat someone with dignity, they can begin to act in a dignified way. That encourages rehabilitation.

Third, we have to understand that to function, a prison cannot just be a continual rain of shit on the inmates. It exhausts people's psychologies and makes them far more likely to do self-destructive and violent behaviors, which ups the danger to guards and other inmates. Small comforts like decent food serve as rewards for good behavior and something to prevent psychological and discipline problems. In fact, it's been shown that nutritious food enormously reduces prison behavioral problems. 

Anybody who thinks "bad people just deserve bad food" is a good policy needs to spend some time in a prison. 

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Male 48
phacter f***ing this ^^^
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Male 1,469
way better than they deserve.

if you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
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Male 969
spanz Sadly, many of these facilities are used to house folks accused awaiting trial.  So in many cases they didn't do the crime.
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Male 3,879
In Michigan, the same food our prisoners get is the same food our elderly get.

We had a meals on wheels program which ensured the infirm elderly would get one fresh hot meal a day.

Now, the food is shipped in from the same place that feeds all the prisons in lower Michigan, its pretty fucking sad.
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Male 343
daegog and the same food our students get. privatization is wonderful.
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Male 969
melcervini 3rd time typing this comment ( the comment kraken seems to be eating comments tonight)

Our former Conservative government terminated the prison farm system as it decided that the skills the inmates were learning wouldn't be useful post-incarceration.  Apparently, the Conservatives didn't feel the livestock, dairy, and egg industries matter.
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Male 1,759
punko I know for a fact that back in the olden days most prisons were self sufficient as the 60s and 70s came around a lot of the sufficiency was lost not as a cost saving but because may local businesses complained that they were not getting the opportunity to pedal there products to the prisons, the same thing happen to the prison industry's making brooms and small products a lot of the school desks and government furniture were made in the prisons the powers that be whether  republican or demarcate decided that this had to stop in order to give the out side venders more market share. Now they sit around and do nothing all day if your lucky and in a county jail or such you might get out on a chain gang cleaning parks or picking up trash on the side of the road.
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2,889
Poor NK people would kill for that. What a strange world we live in. 
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Male 1,529
skypirate homeless starving people here would take it in a heartbeat.  A sense of entitlement seems to convince some of the prisoners they deserve Pizza and wings every day though.
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Male 10,125
skypirate There are poor people here that would be thankful for it.
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Male 222
They deserve clean sanitary food.  Nothing more.  
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Male 10,125
"what they deserve?"

You gotta be more specific. 

Are they in prison for rape, murder, assault, robbery, etc? Then yes.

Are they in prison for drugs, prostitution, gambling, etc? Then no.
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holygod ... because prisons are set up to cater to two classes of meals?
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Male 10,125
barry9a Huh? No. The latter group shouldn't be there to begin with is my point.
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Male 602
holygod how about we don't be a bunch of assholes, just because we can be? Someones gotta feed these people, judge a society by how it treats those who are most vulnerable. Or be a vindictive dick to hundred of thousands of people, because, well gee, ain't that been working great for us. 
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Male 10,125
thething911 "Most vulnerable" relates to the poor and disadvantaged, not convicted murderers and rapists. You want them to eat steak and lobster for 20 years? Who would you like to pay for that?
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Male 6,224
thething911 apparently holyGod suffers from dunning-kruger
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Male 10,125
monkwarrior OK flat earth boy.
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Male 6,224
holygod proving my point since i never said the earth is flat
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Male 1,223
monkwarrior Go get them my brother. That's was the best argument all day.
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Male 6,224
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Male 1,223
monkwarrior Keep going -- you have them on the ropes.
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Male 6,224
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Male 1,223
monkwarrior They might be rope-a-doping you.  Keep going.
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Male 6,224
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Male 1,223
monkwarrior Do you understand what the symbol ' < ' means?
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Male 665
holygod This feels like it needs some further explanation.  
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Male 10,125
faustsshadow how so? My point was simply some people are deserving of punishment, others are not. If those that are deserving of punishment have sub par food as part of the punishment then so be it. Prisoners deserve to be safe, healthy, and treated humanely. That's all they deserve in my opinion.
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Male 665
holygod I guess I am just reading this backwards.  It seems like you said that the more violent criminals deserve better (food?) and the less violent/ harmful prisoners do not deserve better.  

Maybe I am just tired, because I am not making sense of your statement.  (Not being combative - just tired.)
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Male 10,125
faustsshadow LOL. Yep. I quoted the wrong question. Good catch.
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Male 665
faustsshadow Or are your answers (the yes and the no) answering the second question (is this what they deserve?)?
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