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The food is as you'd imagine, it's pretty basic. There are inmates that come out super skinny but others can gain significant weight becasue they serve a lot of starches - they're very cost effective buying in bulk (rice, wheat, corn). There is a minimum calorie standard that they use to create the meal plans. The quality of the food is related to the budget they work with. Federal has the biggest budget and the best food. The misnomer is...Read more
Food varies based upon the type of institution or facility. The federal prisons have the best food on the national menu - the menu is the same everywhere. The food is similar to what you might find in a high school cafeteria. There are special meals for dietary and religious reasons. State prisons are similar to federal but less variety and taste. The county jails would be ranked at the lower end of the "tasty inmate food" chain as their...Read more
The county jail food is considered the worst of the three. Their budgets are smaller, the inmates are not typically there for long periods of time and that translates into a more narrow selection of menu options. State and federal inmate meals are overseen by a registered nutritionist and meets dietary standards but might not meed flavor standards. Federal has a national menu that is available for anyone to see - it is by far the best of the three....Read more
Yes they do, all of the facilities nationwide offer what inmates call the "best meal of the year". The second best meal is for Christmas.
Yes they do. However it is not an elaborate meal with outlandish requests. Some requests that are granted are steak, cheeseburgers, ice cream or pizza. But they will not bring lobster or anything like that.
The facilities do not service, but inmates with money on their books may buy instant coffee from the commissary
Yes, all facilities offer Ramadan meals, kosher meals, no-pork diets or any religious accommodation.
Inmates that are in disciplinary hold, also called the Special Housing Unit (SHU), or the hole, or the "box" are given three square meals. In fact, they are given hefty portions to keep them calm. Food is the least of their worries while isolated there. Inmates in this situation are usually restricted from buying too many items from the commissary making it near impossible to feed themselves.
The prison food is generally bland. Menus are usually designed by a nutrition for a balanced diet of calories, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The taste is not great as they don't have much extra to season the food so you get some mediocre meals. But be certain that the inmates are getting at least 2500 calories per day. You can always put money on their commissary to buy the little extras like bags of tuna, chicken, and mackerel; to go...Read more