Prison Control Methods (was re: liberty & extropy)

James Ganong (
Wed, 26 May 1999 23:40:51 -0700 (PDT)

An article I came across that shows some prisons using incentives to control the inmates behavior; I believe this coes from the Oregonian :

You can take away their TV, end their exercise time or throw them into solitary, but the best way Benton County Jail officials have found to control unruly inmates is "nutra-loaf."                Fear of subsisting on nothing but the pasty-tasting concoction of bread, imitation cheese, beans and carrots three times a day has miscreants shaping up, jailers say.                Nutraloaf was spawned in Clark County and is becoming popular with other jails. Although it is highly nutritious, inmates have filed lawsuits in Washington, Oregon, and federal courts against the food, saying eating it three times a day constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. All the lawsuits failed.                While other inmates are dining on macaroni and cheese, salad with ranch dressing and chocolate chip cookies, those being punished get one nutraloaf at each meal.                Each dense one-pound loaf contains about 1,000 calories. Ingredients include whole wheat bread, imitation cheese, grated carrots, canned spinach, raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, instant milk, and dehydrated potato flakes. It is served cold.
               "I don't recall anybody asking for seconds," said Ardie Jones, the jail food service manager. How to make nutraloaf:
6 slices whole wheat bread.
1.5 cups imitation cheese
.75 cup drained spinach
.75 cup grated carrots.
.5 cup raisins

3 cups cooked great northern beans
4 tbs. vegetable oil
1 cup tomato paste
.75 cup instant nonfat dry milk.
.5 cup dehydrated potato flakes

               Mix ingredients into a bowl. Pour into three loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Makes 3 one-pound loaves.