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Inmates pay price February 23, 2007

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback
Friday, January 26, 2007
Regarding “Feds: Prison cost-cutter took bribes,” Jan. 23, since my son’s incarceration in an Oregon prison, I receive firsthand accounts of the meals provided to inmates. During my son’s stint working in the prison kitchen, he told me of preparing fish from crates labeled “Unfit for Human Consumption.”
Frequently, on special holidays, the inmates are served desserts from fast-food restaurants that expired in 2004. Consequently, many inmates pay triple the average cost in the prison commissary for healthy food items such as peanut butter, tuna fish, oatmeal and vitamins.
Many readers might say, “Well, after all, it’s prison.” It’s also a huge, thriving business at the expense of 13,000 human beings behind bars in Oregon.
Farhad “Fred” Monem, his wife and others are profiting illegally off a system that has cut treatment, vocational and educational programs for inmates — 95 percent of whom will eventually return to our Oregon communities.
JUDY FARRELL Northeast Portland


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