Three Meals a Day for Texas Prisoners: The Petition Campaign

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More sir, please.
The daughter of a Texas inmate is getting thousands of people to sign a petition demanding the state resume feeding its prisoners three times a day seven days a week.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this fall that budget constraints were forcing them to feed prisoners at some units only twice a day on the weekends, a move that raised eyebrows around the country.

Destiny Bowser has collected more than 4,000 signatures in a month on a petition entitled "Give Texas Prisoners Three Meals a Day" on the change.org Web site.

"If you cut the budget, the last thing you should cut is food," she tells Hair Balls. "TDCJ is responsible for the health and well-being of its inmates."

Bowser says her father is a TDCJ inmate who has a health condition that forces him to take medicine that causes him to lose weight. (Blake Bowser is serving time for a 1999 Travis County murder.)

"In just a few days, thousands of people have joined my campaign on Change.org, and many more are sure to join in," Bowser said in a release. "As a civilized society, we have an obligation to set an example and protect the human rights of all individuals, even prisoners."

She hopes to put pressure on Texas legislators and also on the American Correctional Association. She's asking the ACA to remove its accreditation of TDCJ.

"What Destiny Bowser has accomplished in just a few days is remarkable," said Change.org's Jon Perri in the release. "With no budget and armed with only a laptop, Ms. Bowser has managed to recruit thousands of supporters from across the country and the endorsement of the Texas Prisoner Family Association. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Destiny's campaign take off."


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alcaponejr
alcaponejr

The dumba$$'s on here that want to talk like they truly have some knowledge of daily life in TDCJ, need to get a REAL CLUE. Do yourself a favor & got get your mani-pedicure, go visit your therapist so they can help you stay blind to your own ignorance, then head over to the local golf course for a few swings on a tiny defenseless ball, go home afterwards to your steak & lobster meal, then climb up onto your sealy posturepedic & for the sweetest of nightmares about being touched by "Uncle Dick" when you were a small child. 

Huck Finn
Huck Finn

I used to live the good life and monger hate...

I was a huge fan of Sherriff Joe Arpaio and his tent city.  I enjoyed spewing hatred towards criminals and the poor.  It was fun and it made me feel good.

I never, ever thought that I'd become one of 'them'.  One word of humble advice.  Watch out where you spit on a windy day. 

convictswife
convictswife

For all the comments here, unless you have a loved one in prison, you know nothing about how they are treated!  My husband wrote a bad check 20 plus years ago and because TDCJ's records were lost when their computers crashed in 2003, he is sitting in a Texas prison.  They are not fed real meat; most of the meals they serve are pure soy meal with a "hint" of what the recipe calls for for meat.  They do not get real cheese and consider themselves fortunate to eat powdered eggs and powdered milk.  The portions are LESS than what you would feed a toddler, and as a result, my husband has dropped so much weight.  He goes to hungry (in America, how is this?) every night!  These are the people who locked him up and are supposed to be caring for him?And Josh Armenariz, may God forgive you for what you said-- I DO pay for my husband's medical care, $100 a year out of his commissary money, for which I struggle to make rent and make ends meet and I am having to spend money I DONT have, to FEED him too, because I will NOT have him going to bed hungry!Wake up, you ignorant fools!  Regardless of what YOU think, the Texas inmates are NOT being treated "humanely" and they are NOT getting "the best of medical care!"  The most they can hope for is to be seen by a "practice manager" not a real doctor!  Most of the time if they need to see a doctor, the waiting list is long and the doctor is on video (live, from Galveston-- the doctor of the day!)So please think before you speak and be sensitive to others.  As my husband says, "In Texas, we are only a moment away from being thrown in prison and God hears what you say so be careful!" 

Destinybowser
Destinybowser

OK THIS IS DESTINY JUST TO GET SOME THINGS STRAIGHT MY DAD PAYS 100.00 A YEAR TO GET HIS MEDICATION THANKS HONEY! @JOSH A! AND I LIKE SEEING THAT ALOT OF YOU ARE PLAYING GOD SO APPLAUD YOURSELF JUDGING OTHERS GOOD CHRISTIAN PEOPLE BRAVO! THANKS  #YEAH OK

Another
Another

They are getting three hot meals a day and on the weekends. TDCJ just wants the taxpayers to think they are not.  Even the guards eat the meals!!!!

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

This poor, poor cold-blooded murderer only gets a sack lunch on weekends! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!!!

Esteranvare
Esteranvare

If you can"t do the time don"t do the crime !!!

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

I wonder if the petition signers and the people at change.org would be willing to have their taxes raised inorder to provide inmates with three instead of two meals a day onweekends?  My bet is they would not.

Figgy Jones
Figgy Jones

You buried the lede here:  What's the medication that causes one to lose weight????

tsk tsk tsk
tsk tsk tsk

The dogooders at change.ork should all pitch in to pay for the third meals. Put your $$ where your mouth is, Destiny Bowser.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Why don't we just take them out back and shoot them? This is all about money, right?

Esteban Garcia
Esteban Garcia

Human beings have a bad habit of pointing fingers and laying blame on issues they know very little about. Prisoners are in prison because they committed a crime, not because they ceased to be human. In the past 50 years I know of prisons, jails, death penalty, none have done a thing to deter crime, however, what they have done is managed to bleed 4 billion plus dollars a year from tax payers. Now considering that averages about $53,500.00 a year per prsioner, wouldn't you think they should be able to eat steak three time a day!? Well they don't, but I bet them there good ol' boys down on that there farm unit eat real good! Them there taxes you pay every time you cash that little ol' check, who's feeding who!?

CO 1V
CO 1V

I'm with Josh Armendariz, "boo fricking hoo".  I work as a correctional officer and I can tell you they have PLENTY to eat.  You wouldn't believe the WASTE that literally goes down the drain in the chow hall.  I can also tell you that most of the inmates only eat twice a day anyway, which is their own decision.  They also have commissary privlidges where they can and do purchase their own food.  At my unit they still are given 3 meals a day, but from what I understand that the units that are doing the 2 meals they give the inmates "jonnies" which is a sack lunch, so YES, they do get 3 meals a day, which is more than probably half the population in the world.  These "offenders" also get nearly free health care and a free education, again more than probably half the population in the world.

I wish Destiny and the rest of the bleeding hearts would walk a 12 hour shift in my shoes.  No food in the officers dining room (during the night shift), sleep deprived, sore back and feet from walking on concrete, being called all kinds of names from the "offenders" not to mention the "unmentionable" things they do right in front of you.  Half of them don't work and often don't go to the job they are assigned.  Don't get me wrong, I like my job, is challenging and different every day, but these "offenders" are not deprived of the basics of life.

I'm sorry Destiny's father is sick and loosing weight, but as stated, it is the medication that is making him loose the weight, NOT THE LACK OF FOOD.

Guest
Guest

We will go get our manicures and eat steak and spend money foolishly. Because guess what, we didn't MURDER someone. Think of how murderers are handled in other countries. MURDERERS shouldnt even get TWO meals a day. Just one IMO. Maybe they will learn they cant go KILL SOMEONE and expect STEAK AND LOBSTER MEALS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. OMFG. Our "JUSTICE" system sickens me. most of them go to jail to have a BETTER quality of life than they had before. OMFG.

Convictswife
Convictswife

Destiny, God bless you for starting the petition!  You are a brave youngster to take on such a heavy, serious subject (I wish I had thought of it myself, as I have signed TONS of petitions!)  My husband like your Dad, is not being fed well at all-- most nights he goes to bed hungry!  From the posters above, most people in Texas do not care about the inmates and show their ignorance!  TDCJ ombudsmen and staff, continue to LIE to the Texas people, but the families and the inmates KNOW the truth!  I am sorry that your Dad is in prison.  I hope he makes parole soon!If these people call themselves 'Christians' God knows the truth about them and one day, they may have to pay for their mean comments!  Take care!

Convictswife
Convictswife

LIAR!  The guards are NOT eating the same meals as the inmates!  You speak in ignorance and I HOPE to GOD that someday you are locked up with the ones you speak in ignorance about!

Another
Another

They are getting three hot meals a day! TDCJ is just blowing smoke up your you know what to make you think your money is not being spent where it shouldnt be.

tsk tsk tsk
tsk tsk tsk

And FYI, their little online petitions are 100% worthless.

Al
Al

Good idea.

Texasmia71
Texasmia71

Thanks Esteban. I was sitting here reading what all these other people were saying and it just gets my blood boiling mad. If these others were in prison they would want someone to do something about what they eat or dont eat. How would they like to have to eat spoiled pork roll sandwiches for dinner and then a few hours later be thankful that you were able to eat but sicker than a dog. And some can not even make it to commisary due to the fact that they dont have any money on their books and their family cant send money to them due to the fact that the legal fees will eat it all up. Everyone that has written such horrible things on here needs to take a hard look at themselves and their family members and be thankful everyday that they can eat snacks when they want to and eat foods that are not spoiled. People be thankful that you have heat and a/c. Yes, the inmates did wrong or else  they would not be where they are today. THEY KNOW THIS!!! all you other people get a freaking heart!!!!!!  The people in prison work the farms there so you people in the state of Texas and anywhere else can eat. Be thankful that they have pig farms so that they can raise them to have them butchered so you others can fill your stomachs. And yet they do all the hard labor and dont get paid for it so they can get woken up at 3am to eat breakfast or go hungry till the next meal way before lunch time. Before you other people speak, get the facts straight!!!!

OpinionatedMama
OpinionatedMama

Boo fricking hoo to you jerk. Most probably the only reason you work as a CO is because you can't pass the Police exam, other wise you woud be out here on the streets causing good honest hard working people HELL. If there's any food being wasted in the chow hall is most likely being done by the guards because they are the one's that seem to decide on a whim whether inmates will even be taken to chow. More than not, the inmates are locked in the cells & brought jonnie's on a daily basis. And jonnie's are not a nutritious or enough in quantity to sustain a young child. For example:  Breakfast jonnie = Two 5" pancakes; PB&J (with a smal glob of peanut butter & jelly in the middle, not spread out); handful of raisins. I have a 4 year old that could eat two of those jonnies in one sitting, let alone feeding this to a grown man. Thank God for the family members such as myself that do everything in their power to keep money on our LO's books for commissary & medical. And someone lied to you when they told you that the unit's handing out 2 meals also get a jonnie bag included. They get 2 meals only, whether it be chow hall or jonnie,  2  MEALS ONLY!!!!!   I praise Destiny & the rest of the "bleeding hearts" for doing their best to put an end to the barbaric, inhumane treatment toward inmates that goes on inside TDCJ. It is not up to those employed by TDCJ to make inmates more miserable. The CO's job is to follow rules & policies set forth by law. The inmates were doled out whatever amount of time away from society to pay their debt, THAT ALONE IS THEIR PUNISHMENT. If making their lives miserable helped to prevent them from re-offending when they are released, then our prisons would not be overflowing with repeat offenders. But then again, so many inmates are in because Texas is corrupt & they make money from keeping the prisons full. 

Convictswife
Convictswife

YOU LIE, just like all of your fellow correctional officers!  You guys have great meals as guards, while my husband eats garbage!  I would like to know WHAT UNIT you are at where the inmates get fed 'GOOD'?  Wayne Scott?  Beto One?  I KNOW better!  You people tell so much BS and you have the ombudsman to LIE for you as well!  You will pay one day for your perfidy!  You feed my husband "Pork Noodle Cassarole" that has ABSOLUTELY NO PORK in it!  You feed my husband meatloaf that has no meat in it-- it is all soy patty-- SEVEN DAYS IN A ROW???  "Pepper Steak" is a soy patty?  GARBAGE!  The "pancakes" you serve are the size of a hardball and they get ONE and applesauce they get a teaspoonful!  You ALL are a joke!  There is NO food going to waste, because they have cut the budget so much, that they don't get fed enough to keep a toddler alive!  That is why you have so many people sick!  I dont know HOW you people sleep at night!  I bet your stomach leads you down the hall, you sick SOB!  I am going broke trying to keep my husband in commissary money because you people are NOT feeding him right!  What right do you all have to lock people up and not feed them properly or give them proper medical care?  My husband does get 3 so-called meals a day, but he goes to bed hungry every night, which makes me see "red".  I bet YOU dont skip any meals????  The officers get to go out to eat and bring food back and eat in front of my husband and the inmates.  My husband works at a painting job that he works 8-10 hours a day!  He needs to be fed properly!  You have SOME nerve, coming on here and telling your LIES!

mommasboy
mommasboy

CO 1V you choose to work where you do, so if anyone is a bleeding heart it is you. You are not telling it like it really is.  They only go to commissary if they have money put on their books from the outside world, which so many families cannot afford to do for them. My son has been incarcerated for over a year and cannot even purchase a pair of shoes for himself because they are not available.  As far as healthcare,  it is not FREE, they charge for that also and the care they receive is inadequate.  The inmates choose to not eat in the cafeteria because they are fed slop.  Why don't you eat it. I have eaten the pre packaged "jonnies" they receive at visitation and it is not fresh at all.  If you are being called names, most likely you are not respecting the inmates.  My son says that some of you GUARDS deserve what you get.  It's funny that not all GUARDS are mistreated as you  are by the inmates.  Maybe you should try some kindness and stop judging.  As far as the inmates not working at their jobs that they have, do you like or would you work for FREE?  Didn't think so.  You have no right to pass judgement on anyone.

Another
Another

You have a job because of them!

H_e_x
H_e_x

I love you trolls. I really do. I bet you drive a big fast car, sleep with different models every night, and have a 12 in penis, flaccid.Listen, I get it, your daddy didn't love you enough and you were never hugged as a child. If you want a hug, all you have to do is ask. And no, paying prostitutes isn't the same.And you might want to keep those eyes in place. Rolling them around might damage them. If that happens, how else will you spot your various models to sleep with every night?

tsk tsk tsk
tsk tsk tsk

Cue the sad violin music. GO!

Speaking of "facts", you really think prisoners raise food for public consumption? You might want to actually do some research before typing. Just a suggestion. T

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

^^^Dumb posting of the day! Congratulations!!!

H_e_x
H_e_x

I'll keep that in consideration. Thanks ;)

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

What won't you answer my question? What are you hiding? Perhaps you weren't conducting anyone? Perhaps you are a poser? A fraud? A fake?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Obvious troll is obvious.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I don't tap dance around any questions, I prefer interpretive dance with a dash of riverdance for flare, thank you very much.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Denial? You know any of my coworkers or family? No. So what does that make you? A liar, that's what.

Wyatt
Wyatt

I can sense the desperation coming from that denial. It's never to late to quit being insufferable, Fishwrap. Do it for your loved ones.

Wyatt
Wyatt

And when your coworkers and family think that you're a dick, they don't believe that you are literally a penis. Ok, pal?

Wyatt
Wyatt

I've seen The Jerk, buddy.

Wyatt
Wyatt

If brains and wit were looks, I'm sure you'd have a winning personality, WfaFF

mommasboy
mommasboy

So might you!  Obviously you have not done any research.  I bet you are a lawyer, judge, or Guard.  If not, just someone who is mean and miserable in your own life.  It is not your place to judge prisoners or anyone else.

Peggy
Peggy

You need to get your facts straight!!  Do you really think the cows that are raised at the units are slaughtered and processed and the inmates have steak dinners?

Sschepps
Sschepps

Correctional workers are sexual predators, undereducated, evil, corrupted, and sadistic. The only skills they have are to live off the misery of their fellow human beings—they are the scum of the earth!”

Another
Another

yeah, your right, you shouldnt of posted.

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