Colorado inmates go on brief hunger strike after five straight turkey dinners
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Some Colorado prisoners are complaining their food is for the birds. Five straight turkey dinners prompted El Paso County jail inmates to go on a brief hunger strike.
The inmates refused to eat Saturday, arguing that meals such as turkey chili mac, turkey a la king, turkey stew and turkey sausage were unnecessarily cruel.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that the hunger strike lasted a half hour.
"Turkey, turkey and more turkey is not a form of punishment," the sheriff's office said in a tongue-in-cheek prepared statement. "The inmates accepted this reasoning and gobbled up their dinner meal."
The inmates had spaghetti for dinner Wednesday - with turkey-based meat sauce.