Some US States cut down meals for prisoners
Some states in the US are cutting down meals such as the midway meal, lunch, milk and fresh fruit for inmates in prisons.
ATLANTA (AP) — The recession is hitting home for inmates, too: Some cash-strapped states are taking aim at prison menus.
Georgia prisoners already didn't get lunch on the weekends, and the Department of Corrections recently eliminated the midday meal on Fridays, too. Ohio may drop weekend breakfasts and offer brunch instead. Other states are cutting back on milk and fresh fruit.
Out of the 58,295 inmates in Georgia prisons, almost 5 percent still get three meals every day.
Almost 5 percent of the state's 58,295 prisoners still get three meals every day because they are diabetic, pregnant or have other special health needs.
Although there has been reports of an increase in inmate assaults in Georgia prisons, offficials have not given the reasons for the increase in violence.
In Georgia, reports of inmate assaults - on both staff and other inmates - are up substantially for fiscal year 2009 over the year before, according to data obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request.
Prison officials deny the increase has anything to do with the shrinking menu but didn't provide an explanation.