His attorneys have argued in court documents that he requires an organic diet because of his faith of Shamanism, an ideology that is “centered on the belief in supernatural phenomenon such as the world of gods, demons, and ancestral spirits.”
Sharpton, who has been arrested and in the custody of state and federal facilities more than 30 times after protesting injustices, said some prisons may respect an inmate’s request especially if its a religious-based diet. 그러나 “sometimes that’s not likely.”
“In the state jails, you eat what they give you or you starve … it is absolute punishment and punitive beyond the regardless for human rights and dignity,” Sharpton said. “In federal, they have different protocols, and they ask if you have any dietary or religious preferences.”
A look into federal prison food
. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
— where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and other high-profile defendants have been held
전에 — is not a federal prison
But if convicted and sentenced, Chansley, who is a federal defendant, will likely be transferred to a BOP facility.
Inmates in federal custody are given a variety of breakfast items, including hot oatmeal, bread, jelly and fruit, according to a copy of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)’s 2020 national menu, which was shared with CNN. For lunch and dinner, there’s a rotating five-week menu that includes beef or soy tacos, tuna salad or hummus and pepper steak or lentils, the menu says.
2019 fiscal year’s budget
, the BOP estimated it will serve about
175 million meals to over
184,000 federal inmates
. The BOP also estimated that 위에 $ 401,000 would be dedicated for food services for the
122 institutions and other facilities
. That’s about
4% of the agency’s budget for salaries and expenses appropriations
Justin Long, a spokesman with the BOP, said fresh fruit and vegetables are served daily, 과 “inmates have the option to select from a regular, heart healthy, or no flesh entree for every meal, including vegan-friendly options.”
“The quality of the food served to our inmate population is a priority of the Bureau of Prisons,” Long said. He couldn’t confirm whether the food served in BOP facilities is organic.
The BOP has a protocol in place to ensure its food supply is safe and does not always document or communicate vendor quality issues
, 에 따르면 report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
최근 몇 년 동안, vendors have been accused of providing adulterated food to BOP
. 작년, two meat packing plant executives were sentenced to
46 과 42 months in prison after being accused of providing $ 1 million of adulterated meat, including whole cow hearts labeled as “ground beef,
” ...에 32 BOP institutions
, 보고서는 말했다.
지난 달, the owners of a food company that supplied South Carolina prisons agreed to pay
$ 250,000 after authorities claimed the company diluted spices that
“were substantially comprised of filler agent
” ...에서 2011 ...에 2018, 그만큼 Justice Department said in a news release.
“Contractors that are selected and paid by the government to supply food to inmates are expected to comply with contractual and other standards,” said Kenneth R. Dieffenbach, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Fraud Detection Office.
“When they provide adulterated products, as the defendants allegedly did here, the government is cheated and the health and safety of inmates are placed at risk.”
Black and brown people are served ‘terrible food’ daily, advocates say
Leslie Soble, a research fellow at Impact Justice, a non-profit that advocates for criminal justice reform, said that feeding organic food to detainees at US correctional facilities it’s “completely unheard of.”
“Millions of other incarcerated people
, most often from Black and brown people from low income communities are being served terrible food day after day
, year after year
,” said Soble
, the lead author of “Eating Behind Bars: Ending the Hidden Punishment of Food in Prison,” a report exploring the quality and impact of food in America’s prisons
“Chansley is a glaring example of White privilege and racial injustice,” 그녀가 말했다, referring to his ability to get such food and also move facilities to do so.
The report, based on responses from nearly 500 formerly incarcerated people and family members, found that in many instances, the food served is not safe, is not appealing and has a low nutritional value.
“Someone told us that the only time that they would get chocolate milk was when the milk was spoiled,” Soble, who has done extensive research on food served in prison, 말했다.
약 75% of the respondents reported being served rotten or spoiled food while they were incarcerated
, 보고서는 말한다, and numerous people who were assigned to work in their prison’s kitchen said they were asked to serve chicken or beef from packages marked as
“not for human consumption.
While most facilities require that meals include vegetables and fruits, Soble says, what is being served ranges from a spoonful of applesauce, chunks of canned fruits, and canned green beans. 대부분의 주에서, Soble estimates that prisons spend between $ 2.50 ...에 $ 3 per person in meals per day.
When asked about the food served at the Alexandria jail, a spokesman for Aramark told CNN that all correctional facility menus are designed by “registered dietitians to meet the nutritional requirements” specified by each individual facility and the guidelines set by the American Correctional Association.
Sharpton said he believes that there should be a federal law to address the nutriment of inmates since not all people in jail are convicted of a crime.
Some just can’t post bail yet, 그는 말했다, 과 “they are treated as less than human there’s no consideration for their health. There’s no consideration for their dietary preferences.”
“It should be a law in the United States that we do not incarcerate people and force them to eat food to survive on sustenance that is provided by the state that is contrary to whatever their health needs, religious needs or dietary preferences are,” 그는 말했다.
Soble has seen how the decision to grant Chansley’s request for organic food has drawn criticism, and hopes it leads to more people questioning why having poor quality prison food has become a norm.
“Why is it acceptable to use food as punishment for people who are incarcerated?” Soble said.