Three meals must be provided to prisoners each day. Weather and security permitting, meals must be served at regular mealtimes during each 24-hour period, with no more than 14 hours passing between the end of the evening meal and the start of the morning meal. Most convicts can buy extra food from the jail commissary if they want it. Many prisoners hold down a job in order to earn the cash necessary to cover the cost of additional food. The prisoner’s account is also open to contributions from family and friends. It has been ruled that depriving a prisoner of food and drink is a violation of their constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment.
The food that the inmates get inside some of Florida´s prison is not only bad and bland, but most of the time it does not have enough nutritions for a grown man. There are other times where the portion is even too small for a kid, but they can not get a repeat so most of the time the inmates in some of Florida´s prisons are on the brink of starving and their body does not get the nutrition is needs and the prisoners get sick, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Soy Laden Diet
In an effort to reduce costs, the Florida Department of Corrections secretary started using soy in jail food in the middle of 2009. Inmates started getting a food that was mostly made of processed soy protein, also known as textured vegetable protein, starting in the middle of 2009. Most meals contain between 70 and 80 percent soy protein and minor amounts of meat or meat byproducts. Real cheese has been replaced with fake soy cheese, and most baked items now contain soy flour or soy protein. Real milk has been substituted by soymilk. Some meals included soy/TVP chunks served with gravy or a dressing similar to ranch. After the defendants were named in the civil complaint, the meals were swiftly modified, and the visible soy/TVP chunks were no longer offered.
The Weston A. Price Foundation first heard from Florida prisoners in the middle of 2009 who were experiencing a wide range of major health issues as a result of the diet’s high soy content. The most common complaints are chronic and painful constipation that alternates with crippling diarrhea, post-meal vomiting, sharp stomach pains, especially after eating soy, fainting, heart palpitations, rashes, acne, insomnia, panic attacks, depression, and hypothyroidism symptoms like low body temperature (feeling cold all the time), brain fog, fatigue, weight gain or loss, frequent infections, and overt thyroid disease.
Nutraloaf In Florida Prisons
It’s brown, rectangular and continues to be served to convicts in Florida correctional facilities. If inmates pose a security risk, they may be sent in solitary confinement and given nutritional loaf, sometimes referred to as a special management meal, prison loaf, or disciplinary loaf. Massachusetts, Minnesota, and as of December 2015, New York have also outlawed the cuisine. The Florida Department of Corrections, however, supports its application. Many institutions do not employ Nutraloaf, according to Alex Friedmann, associate director and managing editor of Prison Legal News, and these establishments find alternative methods to manage their inmate population.
Civil rights activists urge against using the brick-shaped meal, despite the fact that it complies with nutritional standards. It’s not new to use bad food as a form of punishment: Prior to earning the privilege to consume meat and cheese through good behavior, convicts in the 19th century were only granted access to bread and water. The bread, though, is something extra-ordinary. Prisons and jails are free to create their own version, thus some turn to reheating leftovers after crushing them up into a dense mass. Other institutions use shredded and mashed veggies, legumes, and starches to create fresh bread. They are given without flavor in a tiny paper bag, making them even less palatable.
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