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How NOT to Get Gluten-free Food in Jail


Concerns about eating gluten-free food in jail.

Celiac.com 10/18/2010 - Should you be unlucky enough to find yourself in jail and also find yourself angered by the dearth of gluten-free food choices, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT write a note to jail staff in which you threaten to "start blowing up buildings and killing everyone" when you get out, as Geoffrey R. Yates, 27, is alleged to have done recently in Seattle's King County Jail.

The reason it's a bad idea to express your anger by making bomb threats is because the authorities tend to take you at your word, or at least feel that the matter warrants further investigation, if not prosecution.

For Yates, a convicted killer already jailed for violating his parole on a manslaughter conviction on a 2001 slaying, that means felony charges after telling King County Jail staff that he was planning a murderous rampage in part because his dietary concerns -- he claimed to need wheat-free food -- weren't being addressed in jail.

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In the note, Yates, 27, allegedly threatened to "start blowing up buildings and killing everyone" if he were released.

That means Yates will likely spend a lot more time in the very same King's County Jail that seems to have little or no ability or inclination to address the gluten-free complaints that led to his threats in the first place.

So, one more time. Bomb threats: Bad way to get released from jail. Bad way to get gluten-free food in jail. Bad way to do pretty much anything except get in trouble.

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HeatherT
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18 Oct 2010 11:27:42 PM PDT
The thing is: people with murderous rages often DO need gluten free food. Me being one. Me on wheat is just not the same as me on my regular diet. I do not know what I would do if I was imprisoned ... the wheat really *does* kill my brain and makes me into Mr. Hyde.

There have been several studies though, about the effect of food on inmates. The fact we basically feed our inmates junk is a travesty of justice ... so many people get better just by feeding them well.

 
PAT
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25 Oct 2010 2:01:17 PM PDT
very good article, but for me I am going to try my best to stay out of jail. I often wonder when I get older how many nursing homes will make sure I get a gluten free diet--that's scary!

 
Gloria Brown
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25 Oct 2010 7:46:37 PM PDT
With thirty percent of schizophrenics having celiac disease, a study determining the percentage of inmates who are gluten intolerant may indeed be worthwhile.

 
Sarah
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28 Jan 2013 7:24:36 AM PDT
You are so right! My little brother is schizophrenic, and unfortunately he is in jail for bomb threats. I am attempting right now to find a way to convince jail officials to accommodate his dietary needs. The attorney said that he is getting extremely thin and unwell looking.




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