OK, fact check....
The orange tray is Vegan, but the servings do look pretty close to what they actually are.
The beans are bland, molasses is not even an inventory item in Pendyne. They either come from a can and are only heated up, or raw beans are boiled and served. The tray pictured looks like the canned variety.
The tray cost is not burdened. It is only the cost of the "raw material" without adding in labor or overhead. Yes, the inmate workers are paid. IDOC is a typical government entity, oblivious to real accountability. And Pendyne tray costs are almost $1, diets double that. They use creative accounting to get the $.81 statewide average.
No armed gaurds, they carry a small can of pepper spray and handcuffs. Only towers, control and perimeter vehicle personnel are armed.
The dogs come from the humane society that are deemed unadoptable. They are visible from Pendyne, but mostly far from vicious.
If an inmate wants nutrition over fat and calories they have a healthy choice diet available to them. Most choose the biscuits and gravy. They can also purchase food items from commissary. There are many overweight inmates. Few, if any, malnourished.
ICC is a private prison, and the food service is also privatized. By a for profit company. Tray costs there are much less, food service staff paid much less than IDOC staff. The food served equally less palatable. That is how they make a profit. IDOC does oversee ICC, but not very well.
Hepatitus is not caused by poor nutrition, and well monitored by IDOC. Only 2% of the general population of the US has the virus. Of the prison population, 30% carry it. Tis the nature of the beast. They arrive with it.
The "expertly tart" sauerkraut also is canned, not even cooked, only dumped from a can into a serving pan and placed in a hot box. And nothing else is added to it.
Food Service Officers are not security officers first. By policy, they are supposed to lock the doors when there is an altercation in the dining hall, not intevene. And its no promotion, just more pay for more responsibilty. The responsibilty is to supervise inmates on the proper preparation and serving of meals. (It may be impossible for that to occur, as the supervisor is not aware of her subordinates job description.)
Overall, the article was way off base. The writer either ignorant or mis-informed or both. Mr. Prentiss may want to do his own fact check beforehand in the future.
Wow, George, did they kiss you first? I would think that a reporter wanting to get the real story would not ask management for the details, but the staff that prepare it and the "customers" that eat the food. Jeanie Hunter, by the way, does not know a spatula from shinola. Her experience in the food industry is as a sales manager for a food supplier. She was hired to run the food service program for IDOC statewide, and wound up in PenDyne due to her incompetence as a manager. It's a typical IDOC move, never admit a mistake in hiring someone for a management position, just keep transfering them until it is forgotten where they started at. She is nothing more than an inventory taker there, and does a poor job even at that. You might be interested to know that she is not, by policy, even allowed to work with inmates. But, that is forgiven, due to the fact that a year after her hire she was charged and convicted with a DUI and is therefore not even elegible to attend the POST academy. Yes, all of the Food Service Officers that work under her are required to be POST certified but she has no training to work in a correctional facility. None. And the only instructions given to Food Service Officers when starting to work there is "Don't let them steal, and don't get us sued." And, by the way, you hit the chow hall on a good meal night. Hot Dogs are the closest thing to real meat that is served.
I could go on and dispute many of the claims in this article, but it has already left a bad taste in my mouth.
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