America’s Prison Food Is Still Criminally Awful

“The report, which clocks in at more than 130 pages, is based on surveys, interviews with prisoners and experts, and a review of state policies. It reveals some sobering figures. Three out of every four prison survey respondents said they’d been served spoiled or rotting food in prison, while more than nine out of 10 prisoners surveyed said they weren’t provided with sufficient food while incarcerated.

It concludes that food served to incarcerated people “and the conditions under which it is served are harmful to physical and mental health and can erode self-esteem, with immediate and long-term impacts.”

The report also notes the COVID-19 pandemic has made lousy prison food even worse.”

“There’s no good reason to wait to implement these and other necessary changes—which can help reduce waste and fraudlower recidivism rates, and improve human rights, health, and dignity.”

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