Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'd like a copy of this diet pleeeaaaaase.

300-pound inmate complains jail doesn't feed him well
April 30, 2008 6:00 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — An inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu.

Broderick Lloyd Laswell says he isn't happy that he's down to 308 pounds after eight months in the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining the jail doesn't provide inmates with enough food.

According to the suit, Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September. Police say he and a co-defendant fatally beat and stabbed a man, then set his home on fire.

"On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out," Laswell wrote in his complaint. "About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again."

But Laswell then goes on to complain that he undertakes little vigorous activity.

"If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight," the suit says. "The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death."

The suit also asks that the county be ordered to serve hot meals. The jail has served only cold food for years.

The meals, provided through Aramark Correctional Institution Services, average 3,000 calories a day, jail Capt. Hunter Petray told The Morning News of northwest Arkansas for a story Saturday.

A typical diet consists of 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day.


MYSTI said...

I heard about this also. It really is hard to feel sorry for this person. The life he took, well they no longer have a body to say they are or are not losing weight. I have no need to spend my money or time in the regards of this man.

'Tart said...

Absolutely good points.

I was serious, however. I'd love to eat 2,000 - 3,000 calories a day and lose 100 frickin pounds! Whiner, this guy.

But you are right. What a pig.

Raine said...

well for a man 2000 calories could be weight losing amounts. 105lbs in 8months is alot of weight. While you'd think he'd be glad to lose it, if they are feeding everyone like this then they probably arent feeding them well enough and attention does need to brought to that. At that same time I find it hard to feel very sorry for him after what he did. WHen he gets down to like 140 then he can whine :P