Serving Illinois prison inmates two meals instead of three may not be a money-saving idea after all, at least not at first. Corrections Department officials said this week that setting up the system to serve just brunch and dinner will cost 200-thousand-dollars per prison. Several prisons have already implemented the program and all 24 prisons should have it in place after the first of the year.
Prison officials say that in the long run, having to move inmates twice a day to dining halls instead of three times will save money. Prison director S. A. Godinez had projected a two-million-dollar savings in the first year.