Report claims OC inmates are forced to eat rotting bologna sandwiches for every meal
Orange County jail inmates have been eating rotten bologna sandwiches for every meal for the past two years, according to a report from Stop the Musick, a consortium of social justice organizations in the region. The report claims the Sheriff’s Department has used $1 million in fresh food savings for general spending and staff expenditures.
Stop the Musick relied on public records as well as interviews with jail inmates for its report.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department stopped serving hot meals to inmates in March 2020, citing safety precautions related to the pandemic. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California wants hot meals to be reinstated.
The ‘ick factor’ of serving rotten food is bad enough. But Stop the Musick says poor nutritional value is also leading to premature deaths.
“You can watch people becoming sicker,” one inmate said. “I’ve heard of people who are becoming hypoglycemic or were told that they are in danger of thyroid disease because of weight gain. The food is so salty that my hands and feet feel swollen after eating.”
A previous grand jury report found that hypertension was a leading cause of death among Orange County jail inmates.