I had to do 48hrs like a decade ago, the only thing I could eat were the veggies and bread, gave everything else away. but I went in friday and got out sunday (couldn't miss any work). if I had been in longer I definitely would have eaten more.
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I spent 7 years in arkansas Prison. The food just plain sucks. The only time you get a good meal is on holidays or when someone gets the death penalty. On those days, its usually fried chicken.
The daily food isn't meant to taste like shit as a punishment. It taste like shit because everything is prepared by inmates from beginning to end.
The vegetables are grown on state land and processed by inmates.
What happens is, it comes out of the fields and brought to the Vegetable processing plant where it is suppose to be washed off to get rid of dirt and bugs. But what happens is, you have an a-hole of an officer telling you to move faster and faster and finally you just say screw it, rinse it, and bag it. Really what are the other options. Tell everyone to slow down, write a grievance, Work your ass off for some vegetable that you either aren't even going to ear or probable wont be cooked right anyways... So now it has all kinds of dirt and bugs in it.
Even the beans aren't safe. I chipped a tooth on a rock.
Now for the meat....you have a handfull of inmates that never even knew how to cook for themselves and are now preparing food for anywhere between 500 to 1500 inmates. (selling crack and cooking food are two different skills) Thats a lot of hungry mouths. So they are in the same boat. hurry hurry hurry. Meat usually ends up under cooked or over cooked. eventually you get tired of getting the Shits so you quit goin to the chow hall.
So like everyone else says, your food comes from the Commisarry. You can buy chili, spam, velveeta cheese, tortillas, bread, ramen noodles, instant coffee, debbie cakes, cereal sodas, its a pretty good size list. The only problem with it, is that you have a limit. When i left, it was $65. $65 sounds like a lot of food and it is. However they also sell Sweatshirts, sweatpants, radios, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, batteries, shower shoes (flip flops), Socks, watches, shoes, yada yada yada.
YOur definately going to want a radio. That cost around 40-55 bucks. Then the next week your going to decide that earbuds that came with it suck so you want those bada$$ Koss CL-20's with all the mad bass. Those cost 35. Your state issued Brogans (boots) and the blue canvas shoes are going to get old quick.. So those nike's and reeboks are lookin pretty tempting.
Then the cigaretts...................... In arkansas prison the average cig cost 2.00 in comissarry. And thats a roll up not a filter.
The prisons in arkansas got rid of Weights, so its not like you see in tv. They even stopped selling protien powder when i was there. The inmates were just getting way to big. On the big farm, you have 1 guard per 128 inmates. Its hard for a lard ass of an officer to handle a situation when the inmates are HUGE.