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223. Food as Punishment
A food called “nutraloaf” has been used for
years in US prisons. But prisoners claim that
tastes so bad that the food is actually
. They say that prison officials must charge the
with some type of violation before they can
him by making him eat nutraloaf. At least
prisoner has filed a lawsuit against the use
nutraloaf. Prison officials say the prisoners are overreacting.
say that nutraloaf is a nutritious food. “It’s
like fruitcake,” said one warden. Nutraloaf is a
of bread, cheese, raw and cooked vegetables, beans,
other ingredients which may vary from season to
and prison to prison.
Prison officials say that
nutraloaf, a “hand” food, increases prison safety, because
don’t have utensils or plates to throw at
use against guards or other prisoners. Officials routinely
nutraloaf for days at a time when one
more prisoners act unruly.
“What are they complaining
? I wish I could have had nutraloaf when
was growing up,” said Bob Hope, a prison
in Arkansas. “It tastes a lot better than
grits and corn bread I ate every day.
guys have a lot of nerve to complain.
’ve eaten it myself many times—I just pop it
the microwave for a minute, spread a little
on it, and enjoy. What’s their beef? Prisoners
a bunch of whiners. If they want five-star
food, they should commit their crimes in France.”