I’ve started being a lot more careful with my meals. There’s so many news stories stressing the physical and psychological importance of nutrition that it seemed time to makes some changes for the better. However, this is also why I was shocked to read a prisoner’s first hand accounts of his diet. Part of why I’m so careful with my diet these days is due to a strong drive to become the best person I can be. In theory at least, that’s what the penal system is trying to do with prisoners as well. I’d always just assumed that prison food would be chosen based on the latest scientific research. Know more about Keefe Group on kununu.com
The prisoner instead put emphasis on a private company by the name of the Keefe Group. That seemed rather odd to me. After all, prisons are a government funded system. It seems strange that a private company would even be involved with selling anything to prisoners. Let alone selling food to them.
What’s even more worrisome is that the food sold by the Keefe Group is the kind of thing that they’re going to look forward to all day. Anyone who’s been in a hospital knows how desperate people get for real food after a while. The bland hospital fare is actually a step up from the lack of taste found in most prison food. Prison food is healthy, but also made to minimize any risk of medical complication. Basically anything with even a slight chance of provoking allergic reactions, aggravating ulcers or conflicting with dietary restrictions won’t make it to the prison cafeteria. There’s an underlying assumption that private companies like the Keefe Group will pick up the slack as far as actual taste goes. Read more news on Tampa Bay Times
The Keefe Group, in turn, has seized on the perfect opportunity to grab a captive market. They’ve realized that they can sell almost anything with a bit of taste to it at outrageous prices. Typical prison contracts allow for exclusivity in service. As such, the Keefe Group never has to worry about anyone else selling higher quality food at competitive prices. The end result is that prisoners become desperate to give everything they have to the Keefe Group. The Keefe Group, in turn, provides prisoners with a stream of tasty but usually quite unhealthy food.
The worst part of this situation is that it might well interfere with rehabilitation. Prisoners need proper meals if they’re going to focus on becoming better citizens. If finding candy bars is their main concern then they’re not going to be prepared for the outside world. I’d hope that prisons could be a bit more firm with minimal standards for the Keefe Group’s pricing and nutritional profiles.