This is a letter to Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, in response to the prison soy lawsuit being funded by the Foundation in the state of Illinois.
Letter from an Inmate in a Florida Prison
Dear Mrs. Sally,
I am writing for a few reasons, first off, I love what you are doing for us and I am glad someone is standing up for the wrong treatment many of us have to go through being incarcerated. I see that right now you are working on those who are in Illinois and I’ve seen what was wrote about the limitations of food in Georgia and another state. However, Mrs. Sally I hope that somehow you can also let people know what is going on in Florida and possibly offer us some help.
After reading about what other states are going through it seems funny to me that Florida has not even been mentioned because it looks like we are getting it worse. Yes, they have also replaced most of our meals with texturized vegetable protein (TVP is soy), no fish, liver and no fruit at all. They don’t give us milk at all, they replaced it with a form of powder milk which some people say is soy yet others say its creamer. Why would we be getting creamer in place of milk? Portion size also seems to be an issue.
Some of the other changes they have made are to cut back on our showers, give us razors that barely work and double or triple canteen prices.
This is my response to the un-informed opinions of some of the web page members, uninformed people who have said how well or easy we have it in here. They speak on what they don’t know and someone should inform them. So with all due respect I would like to be responsible for that.
Okay, first off I am in prison and I agree with “no work, no eat.” However, in prison everyone is assigned a job so we do ‘all’ work. Some of us work in the kitchen preparing meals, some mow the grass, and other grounds labor, some do the laundry. We all work. Also, we had a garden, they tore it up. So who do we blame for that?
Yes, we are being punished, do you want to poison us as well? We are not sentenced to cruel and unusual punishment. So you don’t think we should be able to hire lawyers to represent us if we are being treated unfairly or fed soy 100% that will affect us even as we re-enter society? Apparently you’ve never had a family member or loved one in here. God bless you for that. Your family suffers along with you and that alone is punishment enough, okay? For those of us who have hearts it hurts us. We care.
Everybody in here is not all monsters, maniacs, or rapists. So why fix your mouth to say we should all be treated like we don’t matter, we have no right to be treated fairly? We are punished everyday. We don’t have it as well as some of you may like to believe. Do you know what it feels like to be told when you can eat and then they offer soy products which affects all avenues of health, to be able to only take cold showers after the hour of 5pm until 10 pm, no air conditioning, no heat, when forced to go outside in freezing temperatures, loss of all assets, family, children.
Are you in a building with 70 others of your own sex with no privacy even in the showers or stalls, are you subject to being yelled at continually by officers and told not to talk, to sit on your bunk for hours a day. At half hour intervals while not being able to talk?
The food is unseasoned and we are given at most 5 minutes to wolf down our tray. We don’t watch T.V. All day when we can after 5, its either too loud (the room) to hear or they shut if off in the middle of a program. We don’t choose what we watch either. They do. We have no control over what goes on around here. Some get robbed for the few extra items they may have in the small box we have to live out of. We each get a box (approx. 26” by 18”) to put our books or magazines in, our state issued clothes, letters, maybe a radio if we are lucky.
Among other issues, are we not punished enough? But you say “don’t help prisoners treated unfairly who are slowly being poisoned.” What about the 18 year old who was sentenced to time for possession of marijuana because of an addiction, should he be treated unfairly along with the rest of us? (Because he is). Should we go home to our wives and children sick? Some people made mistakes at a low point in their life with no help, hope or direction.
So cruel treatment is the answer, huh?
“It is better to live homeless on the streets than in here where they take everything away from you, even your dignity and any hope to make a life for yourself or loved ones.” Have you ever heard a child cry for their father or mother to come home? We’re not eating better. It’s either starve or eat toxins.
Honestly, I’d rather be picking out of garbage cans. I’m not just talking. I’ve been in that situation before and it beats this. We had real food, they took it away! We’re not being picky. We’re caring for our health. We would just like back what we had, nothing more! Tell the state governor – here to give us gardens/farming, creative ways to save money while giving inmates new skills. Here in Florida, they are just taking it all away claiming lack of funds to upkeep. Thank you for your time.