Food systems in correctional settings. A literature review and case study (2015)




By Amy B. Smoyer and Linda Kjær Minke
2015, vii + 20 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 5115 6
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Food is a central component of life in correctional institutions and plays a critical role in the physical and mental health of incarcerated people and the construction of prisoners' identities and relationships. An understanding of the role of food in correctional settings and the effective management of food systems may improve outcomes for incarcerated people and help correctional administrators to maximize their health and safety. 

This report summarizes existing research on food systems in correctional settings and provides examples of food programmes in prison and remand facilities, including a case study of food-related innovation in the Danish correctional system. It offers specific conclusions for policy-makers, administrators of correctional institutions and prison-food-service professionals, and makes proposals for future research.