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Prisons Cut Lunch On Weekends

October 22, 2011 by staff 

Prisons Cut Lunch On WeekendsPrisons Cut Lunch On Weekends, Texas prisons are taking some heat over the decision to keep the cooks in the kitchen. Since April, the State has been serving prisoners only two meals a day on weekends in some prisons, in an effort to reduce service costs, reports the New York Times. (Funny, the food served 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. is called brunch.)

That makes the state out of step with guidelines from the American Correctional Association, which recommend three meals a day, with some variations allowed. However, “I have never read the rule in the sense that it can do every weekend,” the president of the Association says.

Texas law requires that county inmates be fed “three times in a period of 24 hours,” but does not have this protection for state prisoners. Prison officials say there is no legal problems with the program, and who consulted health officials and dietitians before making the change. In addition, a state senator says, “If they do not like the menu, do not come here first.” Most U.S. prisons served three meals a day, but Texas is not totally alone. The state also recently ended the practice of granting inmates last meals on death row.

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