State hopes to save by cutting back inmate meals

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 10/28 2013 01:43PM

Updated 10/28 2013 01:46PM

ILLINOIS -- A plan to save money feeding the state's prisoners isn't saving as much as state leaders hoped. The Department of Corrections wants more money to implement a new schedule to give prisoners two meals a day.

They're asking a House committee for $40 million in supplemental funding. An IDOC spokesperson says two prisons have switched to brunch and dinner so far. They each need $200,000 more to cover the cost.

There are 25-prisons in the state. Eventually, the agency wants all prisons to full under the two-meal-a-day plan.

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