Maggots on prison food serving line

Bell, Shane



7/25/2017 Essay #1: Maggots on Prison Food Serving Line I have worked in the kitchen at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, Jameson Annex for close to 3 months and found live maggots on the food serving line. Food had collected in the gaps between the steel on the line and the decaying food matter attracted flies, which in turn laid eggs and the maggots were born. When the maggots were found on the serving line a correctional officer was notified. She then notified Unit Manager Sam Badure who to photos with her phone and sent them to Associate Warden Ponto who then came down to look at them. The chowhall serving line was shut down and we had to use a temporary serving line for a few days while the prison fixed the problem by sealing up any gaps in the serving line with foam and caulking. The fact that maggots were thriving on the serving line where food is served to prisoners shows just how nasty and unsanitary this prison kitchen can be. Who knows how long those maggots were there but I'm guessing a long time by the shear amount and location of them. This proves my point that nobody here is ever held accountable in this good ol' boy prison. Can anybody explain how this nasty prison kitchen can get a rating of 96 to 100 when supposedly inspected by the Health Department annually when maggots are living on the serving line and multiple floor drains don't work and stink from standing nasty water and decaying food particles. The truth is nobody is held accountable and in this state good ol' boys club the food service inspections are no exception. Prison officials just tell their friend the inspector to pass them. This is just another example of corruption and no transparency or accountability in SDSP. Maggots anyone?

Author: Bell, Shane

Author Location: South Dakota

Date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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