It’s not just the coffee that makes it hard for the incarcerated to get a cup of java on the go.
It’s also how it’s packaged.
The coffee pods are packaged in boxes of 24, which are individually numbered, according to the US Sentencing Commission.
The Sentencing Act of 2005 mandated that inmates who had served at least a year in prison must have access to their own coffee pods, which the Commission said were manufactured in the U.S. from recyclable plastic bottles.
The pods are supposed to be stored in a sealed container and are meant to be shipped via mail.
But a new study from the Sentencing Project found that for the first six months of their sentence, some inmates are not getting their own pods.
For the first month, inmates were allowed to purchase a box of 24 pods for $15 per pod.
By the second month, only four boxes were sold for $30 per pod, and by the fourth month only one box was sold for just $10.
The study also found that in some states, such as Florida, prisoners were allowed just one pod per week, even though that was the case in the majority of states.
And it found that there was a wide gap between what inmates were getting for their pods and what the federal government was paying for them.
According to the study, for the period between January and April, there was $7.6 million in savings for inmates in states that didn’t require the purchase of pods, including $1.3 million for the three months before the embargo.
The study did not look at whether prisoners were getting their pods at all, or if the pods were actually being distributed to them.
While the Sentence Act of 2004 mandated that prisoners who served at the time they were incarcerated be able to use their own pod, there were loopholes in the law that allowed prisoners to get their pods from other inmates, the report found.
For instance, inmates in some prisons in New York City and in Arizona could buy pods for a reduced price.
“The prisons are trying to get some money from the state and then they’re not actually getting the pods they need, so the prisons are paying for it,” said Matthew Green, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
“If they can get the pods from another prison and resell them at a higher price, that’s a very clever way to get money from a prison to the state,” Green said.
In Texas, for instance, a prisoner who purchased a $1,000 package of pods at a jail in New Braunfels was paid $1 for each pod he sold.
He then used the money to purchase $2,500 worth of other pods at another jail, which he then reselled for a profit.
In a response to the report, the Sentenced Servicemembers Legal Defense and Education Fund (SSCLF), which advocates for prisoners, said it was encouraging that the Sentences Act allowed prisoners with a limited number of pods to resell pods that had been bought.
The report said inmates are being denied access to coffee because the pods have been banned by federal law, and some inmates can’t even get their own capsules.
“We’re seeing the prison system trying to be a tool to get inmates out of jail,” said James J. O’Brien, the executive director of SSCLF.
“And we’re seeing a lot of the prisons being used as a tool for that.”
Jail administrators have defended the embargo by saying the pods are intended to be used for “temporary or intermittent use,” but inmates have been given little choice in whether or not they can use them.
In the past, prisoners have been allowed to use pods in jails in New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, and other states to get coffee, and it’s unclear how much longer the pods will be allowed.
Jail officials say that since the embargo was lifted in January, they have been working to make sure inmates can get their coffee and snacks at other prisons.