The prison population there must be short of red neck Tennesseans and Mississippians. Where is the diversity?
I worked at a State Hospital in TX, and those folks had their favorite recipes, and nobody ever got sick..I think some of them even filtered William's 'lectric shave through white bread for a buzz.
I'm thinking that whatever they were brewing it in..trash can, perhaps? might have had the botulism spores in it to begin with.