Three Meals a Day for Texas Prisoners: The Petition Campaign

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The daughter of a Texas inmate is getting thousands of people to sign a petition demanding the state resume feeding its prisoners three times a day seven days a week.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this fall that budget constraints were forcing them to feed prisoners at some units only twice a day on the weekends, a move that raised eyebrows around the country.

Destiny Bowser has collected more than 4,000 signatures in a month on a petition entitled "Give Texas Prisoners Three Meals a Day" on the change.org Web site.

"If you cut the budget, the last thing you should cut is food," she tells Hair Balls. "TDCJ is responsible for the health and well-being of its inmates."

Bowser says her father is a TDCJ inmate who has a health condition that forces him to take medicine that causes him to lose weight. (Blake Bowser is serving time for a 1999 Travis County murder.)

"In just a few days, thousands of people have joined my campaign on Change.org, and many more are sure to join in," Bowser said in a release. "As a civilized society, we have an obligation to set an example and protect the human rights of all individuals, even prisoners."

She hopes to put pressure on Texas legislators and also on the American Correctional Association. She's asking the ACA to remove its accreditation of TDCJ.

"What Destiny Bowser has accomplished in just a few days is remarkable," said Change.org's Jon Perri in the release. "With no budget and armed with only a laptop, Ms. Bowser has managed to recruit thousands of supporters from across the country and the endorsement of the Texas Prisoner Family Association. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Destiny's campaign take off."

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