These are the comments from the “What Do Inmates Eat?” page while it was still hosted on Blogger. I couldn’t find any way to move the individual posts to the new Ask Joe page, but the comments are too important to omit from the blog altogether. So here are the comments from the What Do Inmates Eat? page from the first year of JoeTheSO.com.
Once Fallen said…
I’ve seen worse prices at Target. Well, except for the radio prices, those are outrageous! Still, they love to jack up prices and take advantage of us. I didn’t have commissary for two years. I traded off tray items for stamps to get by. I always worked in the kitchen so I never really starved.
September 19, 2010 7:21 AM
They are eating better than some poor people or than those busy, stressed out people who skip meals because of their schedule. I got to the point where I am not even hungry in the morning any more, as the body tends to adapt to the meal schedule instead of wanting 3 square meals just because that’s the norm.
December 7, 2010 5:32 PM
Perhaps SOME inmates eat better than SOME poor people. Perhaps.
Now, here’s a bite of a reality sandwich for you “busy, stressed out people who skip meals because of their schedule.” Somehow, I doubt that YOUR stress level rivals that of a sex offender inmate who is constantly in danger of having other inmates find out about his crime. Are YOU in danger of being beaten, stabbed, raped or murdered during your shower or workout? Hmm, I didn’t think so. So you get no sympathy HERE about being too stressed to eat well.
YOU are living in the free world, and you have a REAL job. You get to *choose* WHAT you eat, WHEN you eat, WHERE you eat, and HOW MUCH. Inmates have NONE of those choices. If you CHOOSE not to eat in the morning, that is YOUR fault.
And YOU have *many* options to appease your hunger. You can choose healthy options to cook for yourself, or you can go through your favorite drive-thru. Inmates get low-quality food in ridiculously small portions, eat on a government-chosen schedule, and there’s NO going back for seconds.
Many inmates must pay fines out of their commissary accounts, so they don’t have money to buy “extra” food unless someone on the outside sends money. Or unless the inmate gets a “hustle.”
Please write back when you have spent a month or two as an inmate with NO other options but to eat WHAT is offered to you, WHEN it is offered, and only HOW MUCH is given. Tell me THEN how inmates are faring so much better than you are right now.
December 8, 2010 4:44 PM
I think you are missing the point. You choose to not eat by your own free will. Joe and others like him are at the mercy of those in charge of them, and many of those in authority let that power corrupt them. Joe is locked in a cell, and the only food he gets is what he is given. He went through a period of time where he was locked in the hole and wasn’t allowed access to the commissionary, which meant the only food that he ate was what was given to him through a slot. There was no stopping at Wendys on the way home for him. What they gave him is what he ate, and if they gave him very little, he ate that and then went hungry. That is not a temporary hunger that you can assuage when you go buy a snickers. It is a constant companion; hunger is very painful. It should not be allowed in the United States Prison System. But there it is.
As more and more states cut their budgets to avoid bankruptcy, the first targets for cutbacks are the Joes in their prison system. After all, who cares, right? They are the “lowlifes” of society. But that mentality is exactly WHY we need to extend mercy, compassion and understanding to these folks. The state is taking care of slowly starving them to death. They need those on the outside to raise and red flag and say this is not right. Criminals or not, these are American Citizens.
My prayer for you is that the Lord will open your heart to understanding and compassion. Someday Joe and his fellow convicts will be out in society, and the greatest thing we can do to secure public safety and keep them from reoffending is to give them every opportunity to become productive members of society. For every convict we reach out to and help, that is one less that we need to worry about victimizing us or anyone else. Everybody wins. It’s called restorative justice.
December 9, 2010 2:01 PM
Well said, Hebrews. “Restorative justice.” I like the sound of that. Thanks!
December 9, 2010 7:41 PM
JUSTICE FOR ALL said…
Great comment Hebrews. What they are fed in prison is soy dog food everyday even expands as it gets wet. To call it BBQ they add BBQ sauce to it. They make everything out of soy. Prisons are given more money today than 10 years ago when they ate REAL food. So why in the world are they feeding soy. Because they can. People literally get ill with all this food. If you like this kind of soy then prison is a place to be,
April 12, 2011 6:22 AM
It’s called prison people. Inmates whining about not getting this or that…DON’T DO THE EFFIN CRIME!!
April 25, 2011 12:21 AM