First Texas Did Away With Last Meals for Prisoners; Now it's Axing Lunch on Weekends

Texas! The land where leaders break execution records, where potentially innocent men are put to death, and where death row inmates can't choose their last meal. Now, the state also has the distinction of denying its prisoners lunch on weekends. Really. TheTimes:

Thousands of...inmates in the Texas prison system have been eating fewer meals since April after officials stopped serving lunch on the weekends in some prisons as a way to cut food-service costs. About 23,000 inmates in 36 prisons are eating two meals a day on Saturdays and Sundays instead of three. A meal the system calls brunch is usually served between 5 and 7 a.m., followed by dinner between 4 and 6:30 p.m.

Why are Texas prisoners being denied meals? Because Rick Perry drove the state into a $27 billion financial hole, you see, and now officials are looking for ways to trim costs (in this case, a few mill).

The meal reductions are part of an effort to trim $2.8 million in food-related expenses from the 2011 fiscal year budget of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the state prison agency. Other cuts the agency has made to its food service include replacing carton milk with powdered milk and using sliced bread instead of hamburger and hot dog buns.

Prison administrators said that the cuts were made in response to the state’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfall in 2011, and that the weekend lunches were eliminated in consultation with the agency’s health officials and dietitians.

Pathetic, truly.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at October 21, 2011, 6:47am

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