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whole food as prison punishment

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 10, 2008

This cracked me up, from Associated Press writer Wilson Ring.   When suspected killer Chris Williams misbehaved in his Vermont prison, he was fed “Nutraloaf” as punishment.   Nothing with “loaf” in the recipe sounds too tasty,  does it?


It’s full of raw carrots, whole-wheat bread, spinach, raisins, beans (and a few other ingredients–I’m listing the ones I approve of).   Inmates say they’d rather go hungry than eat it.   I say,  oh well!


Prison officials say it’s a “behavior modification” tool to stop individuals from throwing trays, feces, urine, and silverware.   Inmates are being heard by the Vermont Supreme Court about this cruel and unusual punishment: they say it’s not “food.”   You think if they were being served chicken nuggets, pork rinds, and beer, there’d be any lawsuit?


Corrections Commissioner Rob Hofmann says, “It tends to have the desired outcome. Once the offender relents, we stop with the Nutraloaf.   That’s our goal, to protect our staff and not have them subjected to behavior the average Vermonter would find incomprehensible.”   But Hofmann has tasted Nutraloaf and admits, “It reminded me of eating my vegetables and I’m not necessarily a big fan of vegetables.”                                          

No “Nutraloaf” in 12 Steps recipes.   No “loaf” of any kind.   Or . . . IS THERE??   (Cue the ominous-sounding music.)

Posted in: Standard American Diet

4 thoughts on “whole food as prison punishment”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My family does a “loaf” that my carnivore husband thinks is much better than his mom’s meatloaf. It is mostly ground pecans and brown rice, but has celery, onions, tomatoes and the obilgatory ketchup on top. It is really good! We eat it with just a salad. Lots of cruel punishment at my house!

  2. http:// says:

    Maybe you could share the recipe so we can ALL abuse our families like that heinous Vermont penal system does. I would love to give it a try. 🙂


  3. Anonymous says:

    Momhsus, I also like to try you recipe for loaf!



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