Orleans Parish Prison Chow

It’s all low quality baloney sandwiches on white bread  while booking is taking place.  That could take up to 24 hours, so that’s a lot of baloney. During roll out, it’s all baloney also. As that can take 24 hours also, that’s a whole lot of baloney.

The House of Detention’s basic cell holds 10-17 inmates. The number of any given cell fluctuates, often on a daily basis, as folks roll in and roll out.  Sometimes food for 10 people is provided, but there are 14 people in the cell. Instead of a link of sausage with red beans, you might get two thin slices of sausage. When the opposite  occurs,  there is a surplus of food. If it’s a hot meal, you get two slices of white bread, and it’s a sandwich meal, you get 4 slices of bread.

Breakfast might be grits with canned plums or fruit salad.  If lunch is more baloney,  it usually includes canned fruit.  When lunch is cold, then dinner is hot, and vice  versa.  In an entire week, there usually is only one really  tasty meal. It might be spaghetti with adequate real meat sauce. Very often the meat supply is skimpy. Spaghetti might be paired with scarce cut up hot dogs.  For the cold lunch and dinners, a cheap version of turkey roll might be substituted for the cheap baloney.

Condiments like salt, sugar, pepper, hot sauce, etc. aren’t given to inmates.  Grits without salt/pepper and butter aren’t very good.

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~ by neworleansmusicman on December 8, 2010.

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