The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue April 2011
I would like to raise the issue of the amount of food that is wasted in our prisons. This is a bloody crime in itself. In this jail the prisoners get issued a brew pack containing condiments of teabags, and sachets of milk powder, sugar and jam. I work as a cleaner and I take away the wing rubbish, and I always find piles of unused packets of jam and milk powder being thrown away. Just think how welcome this stuff would be in places where there is famine or malnutrition in children? I suggest that instead of throwing this stuff away we should make a concerted effort to collect it up and send it to places and people in need. I would like this to be prison-wide, let’s collect this unwanted foodstuff and help the hungry and needy. Let’s get jamming folks!
Comments about this letter
3/4/2011 Steven BattramThe jam sachet is probably not suitable to feed the malnourished. Basically the jam sachet is just chemically flavoured sugar and would probably poison the malnourished. What is even worse I've seen screws throw food in the bin rather than offer seconds. When I enquired why, the screw said, 'Con's are only allowed a certain amount of calories. To give out seconds would be contravening prison rules.' This was in a POA controlled prison. When I was in a private prison the screws shouted 'seconds.'
6/4/2011 DarbyI have seen the screws tuck right into the leftovers themselves, rather than give it out to 'still-hungry' cons.
6/4/2011 Steven BattramNice one Moderator
6/4/2011 The Count of Monte CristoWe used to call them 'Hotplate Hamsters', though they are really more like rats. Long Tails, as they are called in some nicks.
6/4/2011 DarbyStill on the subject of 'food'. - I was sacked from the Scrubs kitchen for refusing to pick up a tray of sliced corned beef that had ended up all over the floor after an accident. I was expected to put it back on the trolley - ready to be sent out to the unsuspecting cons on the wings.
7/4/2011 James Jaks@Darby I can well see that happening with some of the 'less well educated' screw personnel. Fair play to you sir on refusing to forward that garbage. I only hope that they didn't intimidate some other poor less fortunate to do the dirty deed. You have my support.
7/4/2011 DarbySome people will compromise their principles in jail at the drop a hat, and some will do everything in their power to avoid doing so.
11/4/2011 Reg HollingsworthSo on the one hand we have full dustbinloads of food thrown away;and on the other we have a call for prosecutions under the 1968 Theft Act for a screw who happens to eat a slice of toast or who flavours his cuppa with a sachet of long life milk or powder!
12/4/2011 Darby@Reg Hollingsworth
13/4/2011 PipDarby, about this corned beef !
14/4/2011 DarbyPip, I certainly was/am not questioning the good intention behind Mr Ollerhead's idea - only the realistic viability!
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