Alcatraz Prison Actually Had Great Food

Samuel Reason | March 31st, 2018

When it comes to food in prison, most places have been pretty terrible. So bad that some inmates have even claimed they escaped just for better food. Unfortunately, it is a part of the business that most prisons try to save as much as they can on. We’ve all seen the series and movies where prisoners just throw around sludge in the cafeteria. So it may surprise you to know America’s most notorious prison was actually quite a nice place to eat.

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Alcatraz, the infamous prison at San Francisco, had the best food in a federal prison system, in fact, it featured much comfort food that you may eat on a relaxed Friday night in front of a movie. Some chili dogs? Fried pork chops? Biscuits and gravy? Maybe even some banana pudding – it was all on the menu. And they also served a healthy well-balanced breakfast of cereal, eggs, and fruit. So there was no need for food smuggling at Alcatraz – which would have been difficult on an island!

The food was so good that the guards and prison staff ate the same meals. You see Alcatraz chief warden believed that “most trouble in prison is caused by bad food!” And that definitely makes sense, the biggest concern for prisons are riots. When inmates are hungry or not eating well enough, then they are bound to get restless. Riots are extremely dangerous for fellow inmates and staff members so they have to be avoided at all costs.

Sure their cafeteria may not have been serving fine dining or looked like anything like the measure of Henry, Vinnie, and Johhny in the hit movie Goodfellas. But this was definitely a step above most federal prisons. Essentially, if any of the prisoners had cooked up some moonshine or toilet wine then they would have been having a nice dinner.

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