Monday, August 2, 2010


Do Prisoners Eat Better than School Children?

It's probably no secret that school lunch tastes pretty gross. Feeding kids a hot dog, bag of pretzels, sugary fruit cup, and chocolate milk isn't exactly the most nutritious meal, either. But despite cafeterias' dubious dishes, there's one place I expected to offer even worse fare — jail. The nation's youth must get better meals than grown-up, hardened criminals serving time in the slammer...right?

Well, according to a story in the Herald-Citizen, when it comes to meal selection, jail might actually be the preferable choice.

Reporter Tracey Hackett covered the meals served in Tennessee's Putnam County Justice Center. According to Hackett, the detention center's kitchen gets about $548 a day to provide prisoners with meals, which roughly works out to about $1.83 per meal. Each inmate gets two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. A typical breakfast consists of a six-ounce container of gravy, a 2.5-ounce biscuit, scrambled eggs, a hash brown patty, pineapple slices, an eight-ounce glass of milk, and some jelly. "Dinner typically consists of a sandwich or casserole, two-to-three servings of vegetables such as mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn and green beans, cornbread, sweet tea, and a serving of fruit or a dessert such as a cookie or piece of cake," Hackett reports.

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