Inside Josh Duggar’s ‘disgusting’ prison conditions, including buggy food, moldy mattresses and dirty shower water

JOSH Duggar was forced to endure “disgusting” prison conditions including bugs in his food, moldy mattresses, dirty shower water and more.

Josh, 34, is serving a 151-month sentence for his child pornography conviction at FCI Seagoville in Dallas, Texas.

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Josh Duggar was forced to endure “terrible” prison conditions, according to a loved one of a fellow inmatePhoto credit: Getty
Josh is serving a 151-month sentence with FCI Seagoville


Josh is serving a 151-month sentence with FCI SeagovillePhoto credit:

The US Sun can exclusively reveal that Josh and nearly 2,000 of his fellow inmates are living in “horrible” conditions, according to a family member of one of the inmates at the facility.

The source claimed to The US Sun: “The food they get has expired on a regular basis. They just expired disgustingly, always by at least a few weeks. And it’s like milk. All sorts of things that can’t have expired that long.

“They had a line of cereal with bugs in it, and so people just couldn’t eat their cereal because it was full of bugs.”

The insider went on to claim that the prison “runs out of food quite often.”

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The source claimed, “It’s only ever been a day or two at a time, but the portions are also small enough to go hungry if you can’t afford to buy food on consignment.”


The inmate of the family member is said to live with eleven other inmates in a cell of four because the cells are often “overcrowded”.

The source claimed: “All the beds touch and there are bunk beds. It’s small, it’s dirty. They have cell cleaners, like to mop them up and keep them clean, but they have to share the water with the entire dorm, so it’s super gross if someone can use it. It’s dirty.

“The mattresses are full of mold. It’s really gross.”

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The source also claimed that the lines at the prison are “always messed up”.

The loved one added: “Last year there was a nationwide lockdown over a fight at another prison in Texas. The plumbing got so bad that people literally shit in the corners of the hallways because they couldn’t go to the bathroom.

“When my family member takes a shower, dirty shower water often runs down from the shower above him. Sometimes there’s hot water, sometimes not.”


The prison is powered by generators, according to insiders, causing daily power outages.

The source claimed, “They can go days without electricity or heating even with a major cold front coming through Texas. They didn’t have hot water for days. They’ve gone through six generators in the last six weeks because they keep burning them out instead of just fixing the power.”

Conditions go back to the 50’s when the heat dies down.

The source also claimed that the prison “has rats.”

The insider added: “It’s just old, run down. It has deteriorated to the point of negligence and neglect. Nothing really works the way it’s supposed to.

“Try to think about it if you’re thinking about a school that hasn’t looked after them in about 50 years. That’s how it is, you know, linoleum floors, concrete walls, stuff like that.”


Family members of Seagoville inmates have taken to a private Facebook group to express their shared frustration at the conditions.

One member wrote: “My [loved one] tells me the food in the kitchen is almost always expired/old/mouldy and the bulk packaging it comes in literally says things like “not fit for human consumption” but that’s what they give them .”

A second said: “Not enough food, commission prices have gone up and no healthy choices. They keep saying commissar, lockdown, no outside, no programs, no music, no church, nothing to keep them busy.

A third commented: “Sewage, infestation issues of all kinds of animals. No air conditioning or heat. Faulty wiring. Unfair payment and unfair increase of items they have to pay for. Unfair financial challenges for families to support an inmate.”


FCI Seagoville has seen years of controversy.

The all-male minimum-security prison made national headlines in 2020 for the dubious record of having over 72% of its population infected with COVID.

CNN reported in August 2020 that at least three inmates had died by that time, with one of the inmate’s family members describing the facility as a “petri dish.”

In another case, the Bureau of Prisons and the Seagoville warden at the time were sued by an inmate in a civil rights lawsuit over the conditions at the facility.

In a complaint reviewed by The US Sun, the inmate claimed that overcrowding had aggravated a number of conditions faced by inmates at the prison.

Inmate Jed Lineberry said the overcrowding contributed to “increased exposure to a violent environment,” among a number of other allegations in the federal record.

His claims were eventually dismissed as he had already been transferred to another facility.


Josh was arrested in April 2021 and charged with possession and receipt of child pornography.

The trial lasted two weeks before the jury returned a guilty verdict.

He was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison in May.

The US Sun reported that he was transferred from the Washington County Jail to FCI Seagoville in June.

Josh appealed, blaming a colleague for the crimes.

The appeal process is still ongoing.

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His release date on the Bureau of Federal Prisons website is August 22, 2032.

His wife Anna, 34, has stood by her husband as they raise their seven children together in their hometown of Arkansas.

The prison has expired food, overcrowding, no heating and more


The prison has expired food, overcrowding, no heating and morePhoto credit: ABC8
According to insiders, inmates have to go days without food


According to insiders, inmates have to go days without foodPhoto credit: Getty
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CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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