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Wisconsin Prisoners Stage Food Protest

On January 18 and 19, 1999, Wisconsin prisoners housed at a private prison in Sayre, Oklahoma, refused to show up at the prison's chow hall for meals. John Wisener, chief of security at the North Fork Correctional Center, said that only 75-80 of the 700 prisoners attended any of the meals over the two-day period

"They have our attention," Wisener told the Post-Crescent, an Appleton, Wisconsin newspaper.

Wisener told the Post-Crescent that a survey was distributed to all of the prisoners on the second day of the protest to find out what they thought about the food. He said the prison is looking at its food operation, talking to the dietician, the district manager for the food service provider and checking the menu to determine if improvements are needed.

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