Magazine article Corrections Forum

Debate over Bread-and-Water

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Debate over Bread-and-Water

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Following reports of unrest at New York state prisons, law makers are taking a second look at the use of "restricted diets" of bread-and-water for unruly prisoners. The loaves given to the prisoners consist of whole wheat, milk, yeast, sugar, salt, margarine, potatoes and carrots baked together and served with cabbage and water: Although independent nutritionists claim the meal has the adequate amount of vitamins, fat and proteins, prisoner rights groups and Robert Gangri, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, a state-chartered prison watchdog group feel the loaves "contribute to the emotional turmoil" of the inmates. These groups feel that using food as a form of punishment threatens the rights of the inmates and should be seen as cruel and unusual punishment. …

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