MONTPELIER -- Vermont inmates who use utensils to throw bodily waste or food can't be placed on a special diet without first going through a disciplinary process, a divided Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The court ruled that before inmates can be fed only water and Nutraloaf, a nutritionally complete but unappetizing concoction, they must be given due process of law.
It's not really the Court's fault -- the lower court clearly got the ruling wrong. Of course this is a punishment -- there are plenty of more appetizing ways to feed prisoners without giving them utensils -- so the rules for punishments should apply. But throwing bodily waste ought to carry a lot more punishment than just a change in diet, no?