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Prison ‘food loaf’ not offensive but tastes ‘like it’s already been eaten before’

by Dara Kam | February 10th, 2010

img00136One brave senator and a few courageous volunteers sampled the controversial prison ‘food loaf’ banned in some states that drew questions during a criminal justice budget meeting last week.

Sen. Arthenia Joyner asked prison officials last week to give her the nutritional value of the culinary concoction – also called “behavior modification loaf,” “nutri-loaf” or “suicide loaf” – used to punish misbehaving prisoners.

This morning, Department of Corrections Chief of Staff Richard Prudom arrived at the Senate committee meeting with two loaves of the questionable meal and the “special management meal” recipe.

The meeting ended without Joyner, D-Tampa, or any other committee member sampling the loaf, which resembles a holiday fruitcake with visible chunks of carrot instead of citrus.

But Chairman Victor Crist gave in when urged to try it and conducted an ad-hoc taste test with a Senate aide, a reporter and a lobbyist.

The consensus: the worst thing about the loaf is its consistency, which one guinea pig likened to “something that’s been eaten before.”

“It’s not real tasty.”

“It doesn’t smell bad.”

“It’s awful.”

The recipe calls for carrots, spinach, black-eyed peas, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, grits, water and oats.

DOC’s loaves, baked at the nearby Wakulla Correctional Institution, had an overpowering smell of spinach and a mushy consistency with a bland taste that, while far from a gastronomical delight, did not induce a gag reflex when sniffed, chewed or swallowed.

But Crist said that, with a little gravy and heated up as the recipe calls for, most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the loaf and genuine meat loaf.

“I don’t find anything offensive about it,” Crist, R-Tampa, said, “but it’s not something I’d order off the menu.”

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33 Responses to “Prison ‘food loaf’ not offensive but tastes ‘like it’s already been eaten before’”

  1. sane citizen Says:

    In prison, the food should not be fancy. It should be unpleasant and fulfill basic nutritional needs

  2. Susan Says:

    If you want to pick and choose what you eat,I say this: don’t do the crime if you can’t stomach the slime.

  3. Mo Doot Says:

    Florida is one of the only states that bankrupts the families of inmates by not allowing them to provide shoes and needed clothing to the inmates. They (the inmates) are forced to buy everything from the state at inflated costs and more often then not they never get it etc.. If they complain they are punished… Great job DOC.

  4. bubba Says:

    Mo Doot- guess you know from experience? You can’t figure out why they wouldn’t let families provide from outside?

  5. Kacey Says:

    Sounds like the vegetarian loaf that you can buy at whole foods. It is great with gravy. As a vegetarian, I would eat it. The inmates are getting a meal, which a lot of our homeless go without. They have no right to complain.

  6. Deb Says:

    Too bad, so sad!
    ANOTHER good reason to think twice before committing a crime.
    We should charge them for their use of the cell & the slop we feed them.
    I’m so fed up with crime, it wouldn’t bother me if they just got bread & water.

  7. Nancy Says:

    Susan, I’m still laughing, you’re hilarious! That was the best response.

  8. DFL Says:

    Well…place them in Afganistan. Freedom is a choice we have…you violate your own freedom “by choice” don’t complain.

  9. PRB Says:

    Mo Doot: If family members and fields had not tried to smuggle in contraband in the backages of shoes and other clothing, perhaps the package would still be authorized today. Why blame FDC, why not your family member or friend for putting themselves into their current position?

    An alternative — interstate compact your relative or friend to another state’s DOC?

  10. Rush Says:

    A bullet is still far more economical.

  11. Shaun Says:

    Interesting responses. The police state, government school systems have obviously indoctrinated the country into believing that everyone in jail is guilty and sub-human. Did MLK deserve to be treated like a lesser human being? We are the most jailed country on the planet. Did you ever ask yourself why that is?

  12. Ed Fulop Says:

    Everything tastes better with gravy, doesn’t it? Even hard time. I guess the food should be 5 star, so criminals cherish the time they spend there, and repeat offend to hasten their return?

    Shaun — I don’t necessarily think prisoners are sub-human, but jail is kinda sorta the place you get sent when you are adjudicated as guilty of a crime.

    It doesn’t really matter though, does it? Soon enough, we’ll all be eating Soilent Green, and Behavior Modification Nutri-loaf will be what we get on Thanksgiving!!!

  13. MocoLoco Says:

    Shaun…maybe it’s because we don’t execute enough of them.

  14. perspective Says:

    People are in prison, where the primary purpose in to punish them. There are guidelines set to keep the punishment humane. There is nothing on the list of ingredients I haven’t had before. If they were serving rib steaks, the population would likely grow and defeat the purpose prison was intended for.

  15. STEVEN Says:

    I THINK CHARLIE THE LIAR CRIST AND THE REST OF HIS CROONIES SHOULD EAT THIS CRAP

  16. Mark Says:

    Shaun, I do not see where Dr. King is to be compared to inmates who have violated general orders and caused enough grief to receive this loaf. Dr. King believed and practiced civil disobedience without violence. The only way to get this loaf is to be violent towards yourself or staff members. I think you need to step back and figure out exactly who you are angry at and focus on that, not create a ficticious situation.

    Steven,…….I see you have most likely sampled the loaf yourself? Probably without gravy though.

  17. NICKERS PLZ Says:

    SHAUN I THINK YOU LIKE THE MAN LOAF WITH A TOSSED SALAD

  18. NICKERS PLZ Says:

    MO DOOT THE LOAF IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU CANT FIT IN IN SOCIETY. BE PISSED AT YOUR SORRY RELATIVE FOR HIS LOAF TIME AND YOUR PAYMENT FOR HIS GREYBAR HOTEL BILL

  19. nance Says:

    I think it looks in the raw (pic), ingredients are GOOD for you, baked whatever, for me would sound good since I’m unemployed, more vitamins! Freeze it, mail it to me! I’ll eat it! I cannot remember the last time I had “meat”. I’m free, white and born in America and not in jail! Looking for a job! Yadda, Yadda!

  20. NICKERS PLZ Says:

    SHAUN YOU AND YOURS HONOR MLK EVERYDAY WITH VIOLENCE AND CRIME ON EVERY STREET NAMED IN HIS HONOR. TYPICAL

  21. stacey Says:

    do you realize everybody that is in prison is not guilty! i work in a prison and no the food does not meet nutritional requirements nor does it meet criteria for diabetics, cardiac, pregnancy,etc…. also if there were no inmate alot of people would be out of work!!most of the people who smuggle stuff in work for the institution

  22. Heather Says:

    “Florida is one of the only states that bankrupts the families of inmates by not allowing them to provide shoes and needed clothing to the inmates.” (If they arent allowed to provide them with those items, how is florida bankrupting them, exactly??)
    ” They (the inmates) are forced to buy everything from the state at inflated costs and more often then not they never get it etc.. If they complain they are punished… Great job DOC.”
    ( I have to provide for myself and my family, and The REALITY is, I didnt commit any crimes, therefore, I have the FREEDOM to choose where I get those items. Thats kinda the point of prison..You loose those privilages. I see what you are getting at, but it seems you are kinda missing the point of crime and punishment. Eating these food loafs is nothing.. They should be so lucky.

  23. Question Says:

    I didn’t know that the DOC didn’t supply shoes etc to the prisoners as needed. There is all this talk about how much it takes to feed, house and clothe prisoners I always assumed that would all be included. Why isn’t it? I hear everyone talk about how much tax money it costs to house a prisoner…. We don’t even give them shoes or clothes?

  24. ed Says:

    So much STUPIDITY!

  25. cranky yankee Says:

    sanecitizen said: “In prison, the food should not be fancy. It should be unpleasant…”

    So let’s see if I understand you. You’re saying that prisoners are sub-human and don’t deserve food even as good as dogs. Is that about it? Guess Florida hasn’t risen about the level of the German Stalags or the Russian Gulags. This is something I would have expected in the early 19th (that’s 1800s for you that don’t get it) century. We hold ourselves up to be a humane and decent country. Regardless of what prisoners have done to land themselves in jail, or even how YOU feel about it, they DO NOT deserve to be treated less than human and this “meal” does just that!

  26. truthis Says:

    I think all people that follow the laws of our FREE America should be treated with respect we have the freedom to choose. Those that don’t follow the law as far as I am concerned give up that right as their victims had no rights and most crimes there is a victim of some sort. They complain about food when there are more convieniances to them Free than to a person who has followed the laws of our country. Those that are incarcerated that are not guilty that is what the judicial system is for and nothing is perfect. I believe the meal discribed it for those that can’t even follow rules of the prison I say eat and enjoy it is more than you deserve when you choose to give up not to exercise the freedon you had.

  27. Deborah Says:

    what you all are forgetting is this: those convicted of a crime in this or any state will tell you first that they never thought they would get caught. So prison has and never will be a deterrent to any person that thinks that way. for those that do not understand the bankrupt of families open your eyes inmates do not get paid a wage to take care of the needs they have. the families that do not abandon them send in money oh and for those that think thats wonderful because they are on welfare anyway think again there is more that are tax payers then are not and did you ever wonder where the taxes and markup money they make off those family members goes?? it heads right into the general fund of this state so they are TAXED TWO TIMES TO PAY FOR THE HOUSING AND SUB-FEEDING OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS INSIDE. as for clothes yes inmates are given clothes they are given 2 sets of blues 3 sets of underwear and in winter months one duck cloth flannel lined jacket, a pair of bobos, or boots *IF* they have them to give out!! everything else must be bought from the canteens/stock catalog. Your tennis shoes that you go to Walmart to buy at 13.00 cost them 70.00.. you all Bea itch about the families out here that they should do all this it serves them right.. Well what would happen if all those family members that stand by these people just dump them like you are doing more then 50% of them are going to come out to nothing what do you think a $100 in there pocket is going to do for them on our streets?? How long does $100 last you with out a place to live with out a way to get around how long could you eat on $100? Get your head out of that three foot area and look around yourself the family members of these men and women pay taxes and its not just one family member that pays them its all of them husband-wife-brothers-sisters-cousins-mothers-fathers-aunts-uncles-friends and the list can go on and on… Oh and they also pay for you when you go and get help from the state what makes you any better then someone right next to you?! REMEMBER PEOPLE IN THIS STATE THERE IS ***MORE THEN*** 101,000 INMATES HOUSED IN FLORIDA PRISONS guess what there is more family out here then you might think and because you live in the state of FLORIDA it is only a matter of time before your keaster is sitting right next to someone that is in a cell be it on the inside or the outside visiting!

  28. NICKERS PLZ Says:

    DEBORAH GIVE ME A F— BREAK SING THIS SAD SONG SOMEWHERE ELSE. IF YOUR ON WELFARE AND YOUR KID GOES TO JAIL YOUR OFF F— WELFARE SIMPLE AS THAT. START HOLDING THESE SO CALLED PARENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND MAYBE THE JAILS WONT BE SO CROWDED AND WE WONT HAVE TO READ YOUR PSYCHO BABBLE.

  29. NICKERS PLZ Says:

    IMAGINE IF EVERYONE WAS LIKE THE BLACKS AND WE ALL LIVED OFF THE STATE IN EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. WHAT A COUNTRY IT WOULD BE.

  30. Deborah Says:

    Something else you might think about; you treat a man like a animal you get a animal you starve a man they go find something to eat no matter where they have to get it. With the job market like it is now your unemployment running out… no job in sight what are you going to do to feed your family if you run out of things to sell, a place to live… Humm now I wonder where you will end up… you just might learn first hand what that wonderful little loaf tastes like. you live in Florida you will land in prison for as little as $50.00 taken from a store.. Can any of you on here tell me you have never done anything that was against the law? I know I can’t say that, almost daily I speed it may be a few miles over but still it is against the law. If you went to the bank and found at the ATM money hanging out it would you keep it or take it into the bank??? 9 out of 10 would keep it thinking well they won’t know who it goes to or “finders keepers” :) guess what you just robbed someone you are most likely saying I didn’t hurt anyone no one was there.. but what about the person/family that money came out of their account, you hurt them.
    The way our prisons are run will affect more then just those that are in them now, they will affect us when they are released into our way of living.
    I don’t know about you all but I do not want someone that has been starved, beaten down, & abused coming out of a prison cell moving into my neighborhood for me to have to deal with the fall out, but then maybe you do.

  31. Deborah Says:

    hey NICKERS PLZ do I take it you think everyone that replies to something like this is Black?? Sorry to disappoint you but I am not black nor do I have children nor am I on welfare.. I work for a living, I vote, I have served this country for 21 years in the military, I am a Tax payer and I have never been in prison! BUT I BEING A WHITE AMERICAN THAT DOES NOT SPEAK SPANISH, HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE MY THOUGHTS AND WORDS SPOKEN! Weather you like it or not! I might add my family has been in this country since Washington was here!

  32. Shirley Says:

    They should be fed bread and water.

  33. DMS Says:

    What are we supposed to do? Feed felons gourmet food from places like Cafe Boulud? These people are in prison for a reason. Let them eat this crap and be grateful for it.

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