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Warden says he's looking into inmate food complaints

Written by The Associated Press | May 27, 2015 10:32 AM
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(Lancaster) -- The warden of a central Pennsylvania prison where inmates were heard shouting "We're hungry!" through windows says he's looking into their complaints.

Residents heard the inmates yelling through open windows Sunday at Lancaster County Prison. Warden Paul Smeal says there was more shouting early Tuesday that quieted down once additional staff deployed.

He echoed earlier comments by a county commissioner that the inmates were apparently upset because sandwiches had only one slice of meat rather than the usual two, although the actual amount of meat was the same, and no cheese. Smeal said he's looking into the reason for the change.

Jean Bickmire, president of a local advocacy group, called the shouting "heartbreaking" but praised Smeal's efforts to address prison conditions.

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