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PRISON CUSINE ... What is a typical menu?

Any chowhounders ever prepare food for any type of penal facility? At some time in the past I employed some ex-offenders from a work-release program, but never discussed nutrition with them? Please give me some insight as to menu,nutrition, levels of management, and resident (inmate) participation.

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      1. re: mcf

        Just like the North Shore cuisine we complain about on Saturday night !

      2. Friend who is a CO stated they spend about .70, yup 70 cents, per day for inmate food.

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        1. re: treb

          New York State spends $165,000 per year per prisoner, but only 70 cents per meal? Do the guards have chauffeurs?

          1. re: Veggo

            that's three full time salaries with fringe benefits per shift per year, facilities maintenance and building, administrator, health care, and other salaries... the pennies left go for food. I've heard it's basically gruel like stuff with lumps alleged to be meat served over white bread or other starch.

            1. re: mcf

              It 's still 3 times the price of the best boarding schools in the country.

              1. re: Veggo

                They don't need quite the number of armed and awake staff around the clock. And private school teacher pay is very low, and the schools do a lot of fund raising privately.

                1. re: mcf

                  I'm sure the low paid private school teachers with masters degrees would like to earn half of what publicly funded prison guards with a GED earn.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Education isn't the only factor in pay rates. Risk/danger is.

                    1. re: mcf

                      There are more shootings in schools than in prisons.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Shootings aren't the only risks one faces at any job that determines risk and stress level.

                    2. re: Veggo

                      the administrators of the boarding schools don't get paid anywhere near what the executives of the private prison companies get paid.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        The prison business is a boomin'. Need to keep those cells filled so the CCA execs can enjoy their mansions and jets.

                        1. re: youareabunny

                          iirc, CCA makes over a $billion a year.
                          the ceo gets multimillion dollar BONUSES (i.e. over and above a salary)

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Folks, this discussion is getting well away from anything that has to do with food. Can we ask that people bring it back around to the original topic? Thanks.

                  2. re: Veggo

                    That's seventy cents per 'day' not meal. Mostly a single slice of bologna with 2 slices of day old white bread, frozen veggie, potato and maybe a piece of bruised fruit. The prisons buy old or nearly outdated product. Most of the budget is used as mcf has stated.

                    1. re: treb

                      <<frozen veggie>>
                      i only saw canned

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Probably what ever is dirt cheap.

                    2. re: Veggo

                      I used to sell food to one of the prisons in upstate NY. Don't know what they sent there on the trucks, but their guards would come in on a regular basis (once a month maybe?)for ribeyes and lobster tails. Not sure if for special occasions or normal meals, but whatever. Unless there were a lot of electric chair last suppers going on that I didn't know about!

                      1. re: coll

                        Administration meals, very possibly.

                        1. re: mcf

                          I know it wasn't for the prisoners, since they picked it up specially!

                      1. re: BiscuitBoy

                        You're good with officials using government money for their personal food purchases and other luxuries?

                        1. re: mcf

                          Read above again - he's good with 70 cents a day.

                            1. re: gaffk

                              I am serious , I have been told a distant cousins son-in-law is a chef in a prison in central Ca.

                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                Sorry. I tried to google California prison menus, but this is the closest I get (it's about Arizona).

                                http://voices.yahoo.com/prison-food-a...

                          1. re: gaffk

                            LOL!!!!!! Going to change my wet shorts now , after your response !!!

                          2. Sheriff Joe's the menu master on this one. Honestly though, I worked with a cook who did 8 years in the federal pen for invoulintary manslaughter (it was an accident). He said they eat fine. Most of them eat better than they did on the street.