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Special-order Pizza Delivered To Inmates' Cells ^ | February 13, 2003

Posted on 02/13/2003 3:13:31 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29

It's hard to believe: Piping hot pizza, delivered right to prisoners in their cells.

The Washington Department of Corrections has started offering murderers, rapists, and drug dealers comfort foods from the outside world.

They can pick pepperoni, Hawaiian, vegetable, cheese, hamburger or a combination of those.

Prisoners at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton just put their name, prison ID number, and what type of custom-order pizza they want on a form. Before long, Domino's delivers.

Domino's Pizza in Shelton recently had a huge order to fill: 150 pizzas for prisoners. The pies weren't for inmates to purchase by the slice at the mess hall. The custom pizzas went right to the private cells of any inmate who could come up with $12.

"To me, it's just incomprehensible," says Jenny Wieland.

Wieland runs a support group for victims of crime. She says if prisoners have extra money, the state should make them first pay off their court-ordered restitution and victims' compensation fees.

"It's a way for them to say 'screw you' to the system. Look what we're doing. I don't think they really care, care about being charitable. They just care about getting their pizza," she said.

KIRO Team 7 Investigators learned of the plan from an internal memo which reads "Finally, Dominos Pizza has come to WCC."

Our undercover team watched Domino's employees on this day roll dough, throw pepperoni and bake large pizzas. Nobody from the state supervised the process. The pizzas then went via a red Domino's delivery SUV, right to the prison gates.

Domino's manager, Sheila Rude says guards x-rayed each pizza for contraband.

"Due to the scanner, you could almost see what the topping were. Nothing was going to get through," rude said. The Corrections Officer Union says the pizza program is a security concern. Plus, it puts guards in an uncomfortable position -- serving inmates they supervise.

Public opinion leans heavy against the idea of pizza for prisoners.

"It sounds absolutely ridiculous to me." "Wow, what a luxury! They can order any kind of pizza they want?" "More power to 'em, man. Everybody loves pizza." "People who have committed pretty serious crimes get pizza? That doesn't seem right to me." "That'd be a great way for me to smuggle some stuff in, calling up my buddy at Dominos you know, 'I need some crack and cheese.'"

According to another internal state memo labeled "a mission for restorative justice," this pizza program was approved as an ongoing charity fundraiser. A couple bucks from each pizza was sent to a pair of local non-profit organizations. We checked. One helps battered women, the other AIDS prisoners' families.

We couldn't get an on-camera response from the Washington Department of Corrections about their pizza for prisoners program, but they tell us on the phone: the project went so well, they will probably do it again next month.

Jenny Wieland, whose daughter was murdered, isn't against the idea of charity -- but also doesn't believe pizza-eating inmates have charitable motives in mind.

"Even if its only $12 for a pizza, the $12 could be going toward the victim they've harmed," Wieland said.

The Washington Department of Corrections has allowed similar food fundraisers in the past, but this is the first time guards have been told that pizza will be delivered on a regular basis.

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21 posted on 02/13/2003 4:28:53 PM PST by mhking ("The home team Iraqis have won the toss and elected to receive...")
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
If they want to fatten themselves at their own expense, then let 'em pig out, I say. Prison meals probably cost the taxpayer an obscene amount in any case.
22 posted on 02/13/2003 4:37:59 PM PST by Physicist
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To: ofMagog; mhking
Quite frankly, the inability to order pizza has been a big part
of my refusal to give my trade to our local jails. The lack
of smoking areas is also a contributing factor. I'm glad to see
someone capitalizing on this obvious market.

The jails also have extremely limited internet access.
I'll stay elsewhere, thanks.

23 posted on 02/13/2003 4:44:06 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
You couldn't get me to eat Domino's Pizza unless I was in prison. Truly nasty stuff. Same goes for Pizza Hut and that Papa Gino's crap. You want real pizza, go to a genuine local Italian pizza parlor. About the only chain-restaurant pizza I find tolerable is Bertucci's or Pizzeria Uno. Actually I like Bertucci's a lot.
24 posted on 02/13/2003 4:44:28 PM PST by SamAdams76 ('Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens')
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To: Physicist
I personally think they should be put on a HEALTH WHACKO NUTTY diet. Once they get over weight then we will have to foot the bill for their heart transplants!

STOP PAROLING KILLERS THROW AWAY THE KEYS. WRITE A LETTER TO A PAROLE BOARD. You can start with the killer of my 16 year old son Jeremy. Killer is having a 6th parole hearing March 12, 2003.Throw Away the Keys

25 posted on 02/13/2003 5:23:00 PM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys
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To: GailA
I am so sorry to learn of your sons death.

My prayers are with you.

When the do-gooders are finished doing good for the perpetrators of horrendous crime, perhaps they should spare a thought for those whose lives have been ruined as a result of the actions of the scum they purport to 'help'.

God bless you.
26 posted on 02/13/2003 6:00:27 PM PST by Happygal
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To: SamAdams76
Agree. The best pizza's are usually from the "mom and pop"
places. Domino's is really skimpy on the cheese, and the crust tastes like cardboard (they add cornmeal to the crust).
27 posted on 02/14/2003 12:44:59 AM PST by starboardside
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Brings an entirely new meaning to their slogan, "Get the door. It's Domino's", doesn't it?
28 posted on 02/14/2003 12:48:02 AM PST by RichInOC (Domino's Pizza...Better than Chuck E. Cheese.)
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