PRISONERS in Queensland jails contend they are being fed decaying fruit and vegetables and dishes that don’t accommodate simple nutritive mandate – forcing them to spend their weekly stipend on vitamins and tins of tuna to get by.
Interviews with hundreds of inmates conducted by a Catholic Prison Ministry and Prisoners Legal Service found many were spending their $15 weekly stipend on vitamins instead of toiletries or phone calls to their families.
But a claims from prisoners have been heartily denied by a Department of Corrective Services, that says there are difficult peculiarity control procedures.
Catholic Prison Ministry co-ordinator Dave Martin yesterday pronounced that his organisation visits each Queensland jail each year to pronounce with inmates about conditions behind bars.
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“They talked about things like vegetables, fruit and salad equipment being equivocal out-of-date,” he said.
“Brown vegetables, fruit that is soothing or rotten.
“We trust a manager of food services purchases these mixture during low cost since they are not suitable for sale to a ubiquitous public.”
Mr Martin pronounced inmates, who ready and offer a meals, mostly do not protest for fear of losing their kitchen jobs.
“There were even complaints about beef products reaching their expiry date and being off,” he said.
“Prisoners who have finished prolonged sentences are in a awful state of health from bad nutrition, with unequivocally bad verbal condition.”
Corrective Services emissary commissioner Peter Bottomley yesterday pronounced a food met all health standards.
“Our menus are dynamic by nutritionists to safeguard prisoners accept a healthy and offset diet,” he said.
“I reject positively claims that prisons buy dishes that a ubiquitous consumer would not.”
Neither Serco nor GEO responded to calls from The Courier-Mail.