Todd Chrisley complains about bad food and mistreatment in prison

Todd and Julie Chrisley have been serving their respective prison sentences since January, after being found guilty of fraud and tax evasion in 2022. For years they’d been scamming their way into getting loans (to the tune of $30 million) by falsifying bank statements, and also neglected to pay all their tax bills. The federal government finally caught on to their schemes, despite the Chrisleys living a quiet, low-profile life on reality television. And how are the Chrisleys adjusting? Well, you could say that Todd has still found a way to highlight the faults in everything around him, as he famously did on Chrisley Knows Best. He gave a phone interview to Chris Cuomo last week and complained about how awful the prison food is:

Todd Chrisley is speaking out from behind bars.

The Chrisley Knows Best alum — who is serving a yearslong sentence for bank fraud and tax evasion at a federal prison camp in Pensacola, Fla. — alleged that he is being mistreated by staff as a way to “humble him.”

“The food is dated,” he said in a phone interview on the Dec. 8 broadcast of Chris Cuomo’s News Nation show Cuomo. “It’s a year past expiration.”

Todd also accused prison workers of “literally starving” inmates by providing them with “disgustingly filthy” food that allegedly came into contact with wild animals.

“You’ve got rats, you’ve got squirrels in the storage facility where the food is,” he claimed. “They just covered it up with plastic and then tore the ceiling out because of all the black mold and found a dead cat in the ceiling, and it dropped down on the top of the food.”

To avoid eating food made for the prison’s general population, Todd cooks his meals using ingredients purchased with his own money from the commissary. Still, he alleged, staff has been “cutting down” on the amount of food he can buy per week.

“I eat tuna, I eat peanut butter — that’s where I get protein,” the 54-year-old said. “And then I start over again doing the same thing the next week.”

But Todd alleged the mistreatment spanned beyond chow time, claiming that someone once attempted to extort his family from behind bars.

“There was a photograph taken of me while I was sleeping and sent to my daughter,” he alleged, “asking for $2,600 dollars a month for my protection.”

E! News has reached out to Pensacola Federal Prison Camp for comment but hasn’t heard back.

Todd and his wife, Julie Chrisley, were found guilty in June 2022 of conspiring to defraud banks and taking out millions of dollars’ worth of personal loans using false bank statements. He reported to his prison in January, while Julie — who he married in 1996 — began her sentence at a different federal prison in Lexington, Ky.

Their attorney Jay Surgent said in September that the couple’s sentences were shortened, with Todd’s initial 12-year sentence down to 10 and Julie’s seven-year sentence down to five.

Todd and Julie are working to appeal their convictions from prison, leaving their 26-year-old daughter Savannah Chrisley to care for their son Grayson, 17, and granddaughter Chloe, 11.

[From E! News]

Oh my gosh, Grayson is 17 now?? Ugh, I feel old. I only ever saw one episode of Chrisley Knows Best and it must have been from the first season, cause that kid was, well, still a kid. He made a memorable impression: he grabbed a can of coke from the fridge and, despite Father Todd threatening consequences of increasing stakes, that kid drank the damn coke. He did not give a flying f–k. Seven-year-old Grayson had all the power and he knew it, his act of popping open the soda essentially him giving his dad the finger. Sweet kid.

As for Todd’s takedown of the prison food, here’s the thing: the quality of prison food has been a terrible problem for years. He’s not alone in relying on the commissary, or noting serious health concerns. All that can be, and is true, while at the same time it’s awfully rich to hear these complaints coming from Todd Chrisley. The white, Southern grifter is appalled by the food, y’all! Since he’s already getting sprung early, may I humbly suggest Todd dedicate his post-sentence life to advocating for improved prison conditions. (I know, I know, it’ll never happen.)

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  1. JaneS says:

    I’m certain he is in a white collar, country club prison.
    And, it is prison!
    Delusional, rich, scummy person.

    Cry to someone else.
    Think about how your kids are dealing with your fall out nonsense.

    • Robert says:

      The particular prison he’s in is referred to as Camp Cupcake due to lower security and more comfortable conditions than most higher security prisons. It’s considered one of the cushiest prisons in America.

    • CatMum says:

      yes, it is prison and yes, he is a terrible person who absolutely deserves to be in prison. but they should not be serving unsafe food. imagine what they could do if they had a culinary program that taught inmates how to work in a kitchen and serve properly stored and prepared food. it would give them job prospects when they got out, and probably save on medical costs.

  2. JaneS says:

    Home Alone going into the national film registry is so perfect!
    Mac Culkin deserves all the love. 👍👍

  3. Kristin says:

    Random comment here: My sister-in-law lives in Brentwood, a suburb of Nashville, and just bought a Range Rover. It’s a year old and absolutely gorgeous, and apparently when she bought it, the sales guy told her, “oh yeah, you’ll need to delete the gps info and other stuff that was input by Savannah”. My sis was like, “what”??? She didn’t realize she’d just bought Savannah Chrisley’s Range Rover, lol.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Ha! Hope she checked the accident record, Savannah was/is a terrible driver!

      As for Todd, nobody on staff is trying to humble him, they could care less who he is. And if being convicted of a crime & sent to jail doesn’t humble him, nothing the staff could do would do the trick.

      Gotta say, those are pretty good sentences. Shortened a bit, but still good stretches of time. Good. Imagine the hubris of doing what they did AND filming your spending of ill-gotten gains for all the world, and the IRS, to see!

  4. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I can’t get over him saying the food is “dated,” as if he’s a restaurant critic when he really means the packaging is date stamped lol.

    Be grateful you’re in federal prison, Todd. State prison is much worse.

  5. Midnight@the Oasis says:

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  6. Bumblebee says:

    I wanted to laugh at first about him complaining about the food. But that sounds unsanitary and unhealthy. Not okay for any prisoner. Doesn’t need to be gourmet, but shouldn’t be making people sick.

    • TOPS says:

      I’m very familiar with prisons. Frankly, it’s unconscionable conditions especially for non violent offenders with inflated sentences when rapists get maybe 3 years. Also the private pay for stay prisons are inhumane. There are no programs, rehabilitation is a joke and people often come out worse than when they went in. These are human beings thrown back into society angrier and more desperate with a record. Yes, prison is hard, but the punishment is often worse than the crime. Food is dangerous, people are beat by guards for just being disliked like Todd and he’s not lying. I hope reform happens but people like the ones who are indifferent will never make it happen. The parents who got hooked on drugs and have no useful programs to get out to help them reunite with their kids are the saddest. Solitary is inhumane for long stretches. Do we really want these beaten down inmates integrated into society after being treated worse than human for years? Reform.

  7. Her Again says:

    Doesn’t Bob Barker own the company that provides prisons with all their supplies? i.e. jumpsuits, food, etc et c

    • K-Peace says:

      It’s a different Bob Barker—not the Price is Right guy.

    • TOPS says:

      Often expired and can cause serious Infections like the deodorants. And there’s barely any medical care so basically the inmates rot. They’re kept just alive enough to wish they were dead. We are talking people who made one slight mistake and were too poor to get a decent lawyer. The guards commit more crimes by the day than most inmates.