The south’s newest culinary craze: insufficient, rotting jail food items, supplemented by cattle feed


One particular of my most loved podcasts is Gravy, from the Southern Foodways Alliance, wherever spotlight hidden and intriguing adjustments and progress in southern foodstuff — from disappearing “neighborhood canneries” to Mahalia Jackson’s as soon as-booming chain of fried rooster restaurants to the odd story of the Tennessee hippie commune that pioneered vegan food in the Usa to the Klan’s Texas BBQ rallies of the 1920s.

This 7 days, Gravy devoted its episode (MP3) to food stuff in southern prisons, noting that America potential customers the earth in imprisonment and the south qualified prospects America in imprisonment — and austerity-satisfied, punitive Crimson Point out governments have made southern prisons into foodstuff nightmares, with some prisons comprehensive of starving persons on two meals a working day, other gripped by obesity epidemics thanks to low-grade, high-carb food. Prisoners fed on rotting foodstuff are topic to waves of food poisoning, or on cattle feed in packaging that reads “NOT Fit FOR HUMAN Consumption.”

All this indicates that prisoners depart their incarceration ill, malnourished, and hobbled in their tries to re-enter existence immediately after they have served their time.

In the U.S. nearly one.5 million people live in point out and federal prisons. About a third of them are imprisoned in the South. As the population of incarcerated people has soared, budgets have not followed, leaving food stuff professionals to provide additional foods with fewer income. Two formerly incarcerated people today, Lupa Brandt and Zahara Eco-friendly, tell us the success are usually bodily and mentally unsatisfying. Inmates stop up feeling sick and devalued. Lupa and Zahara argue which is a community well being problem everybody should really care about simply because 95% of inmates return to their communities.

Are jail diet programs punitive? A report from behind bars [Gravy/Southern Foodways Alliance]