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    Default Texas Prisons Have Stopped Serving Weekend Lunches

    After outlawing special last-meal requests for prisoners on death row, the Texas prison system has now gone one better: They're outlawing meals, period, for everyone.

    Since April, the New York Times reports, inmates have not been provided lunches on Saturdays and Sundays.


    It's a cost-cutting measure: an effort to trim $2.8 million in food-related expenses from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's 2011 budget, which makes up just a small part of the state's multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall. They've made other changes elsewhere say powdered milk instead of actual milk, or sliced white bread instead of hamburger buns. The practice is already in effect in Ohio and Arizona prisons; Georgia goes further, serving two meals per day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


    The American Correctional Association recommendations state inmates should receive three meals per day, seven days a week. But Daron Hall, the president of the ACA, has no problem with Texas's new policy:
    "In the economic climate we're in, you're asked to do some creative and inventive things."
    John Whitmire, the Democratic state senator whose kvetching led to the last-meal ban, said this:
    "If they don't like the menu, don't come there in the first place."
    Gee, that's sympathetic. We commend his self-restraint in not suggesting they give the TDCJ a bad review on Yelp, then proceeding to devour an entire rotisserie chicken with his bare hands just inches away from a hungry inmate's grasp.

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    Excuse me while I do not weep.
    There are children doing with less out there. These bozos are not starving.
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    Who the fuck cares? There are tens of thousands of Americans doing with a lot less these days.
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    Nothing wrong with two meals a day.

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    of course it's arizona, georgia and texas. no surprises there.
    it's very easy to pass these measures in right-wing states and where only unpopular segments of the population are affected.
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    It isn't like they are going to starve to death. Besides, I'm sure their cells are stocked with commissary food, which is probably more edible than prison lunches.

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    I just wonder how much further they will take it. what next? when is it enough? Do we start starving people to death who are on death row? have them dig outhouses to save on water? no more showers? shit, lets just keep 'em naked too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    I just wonder how much further they will take it. what next? when is it enough? Do we start starving people to death who are on death row? have them dig outhouses to save on water? no more showers? shit, lets just keep 'em naked too.
    This. I don't think two meals a day is a big whoop most people survive on less, but if they start doing this what's to say they can't take if farther.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    I just wonder how much further they will take it. what next? when is it enough? Do we start starving people to death who are on death row? have them dig outhouses to save on water? no more showers? shit, lets just keep 'em naked too.
    Now that there is a good idea.
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    Look, I'm not saying that these guys are good people, but I don't agree with this. It's true, what's next? No medical care, no basic hygiene, etc.?

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    sorry but I won't be breaking out any violins anytime soon.

    they can survive just fine with 2 meals a day.
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    And then we hear about another person that was wrongfully convicted and spent 25 years in prison.
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    And the poor bastards serving time for non violent drug offenses. Not everyone in jail is human excrement. The US for profit prison system has a lot to answer for.
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    I honestly don't have much of a problem with this. Now if they took this cost-cutting to the extreme (like having less guards for more prisoners or a hole in the ground to replace toilets) then yeah that's a huge violation of basic human rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    And the poor bastards serving time for non violent drug offenses. Not everyone in jail is human excrement. The US for profit prison system has a lot to answer for.
    But they won't, ever, because your average US American things that every prisoner is scum and deserves rape/starvation/filth/abuse of any kind.

    Tell them that our drug courts are specifically feeding the profit prison system, making sure there is always a stream of inmates as product, and US Americans suddenly go deaf. Nope don't want to confront the idea that "lock-up" isn't an answer to our societies ills.

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