Prison Food Is a National Tragedy


OnlineEarlier this month, a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died while in federal government custody. Reports suggest she may have died from a lack of food and water. Her family, their attorneys, and the public want answers.

Maquin’s death is just the latest case to highlight—among many other things—the failure of government to provide adequate and proper nutrition to people in custody.

Earlier this year, Corey Fluker, a recent inmate in a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, jail, sued the state, arguing that the water he’s served in jail made him sick. (Foodborne illness is rampant in prisons. “Incarcerated people are six times more likely to contract foodborne illnesses than people on the outside,” Governing reported earlier this year.)…

This only compounds the national scandal of what passes for “food science” in the colleges and universities.    If it’s blue and it tastes sugary it must be a blueberry.   Eating aluminum-based bread leavening or food coloring?  No problem.   Petroleum based food coloring or artificial flavors?   That’s what they call “food science”.

You don’t have to be in prison to get sick from the USA’s fake food standards.