Indiana has eliminated lunches for inmates at a medium security prison on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays — part of a pilot program that could go statewide, says the Indianapolis Star. Officials insist it’s not about saving money but what’s in the best interest of prisoners. Officials say they have received few complaints since rolling out the changes last month.
Others, including civil rights organizations and legislators, are highly skeptical of any benefits — and think it’s potentially dangerous. Prison officials said the driving force here was to give prisoners more classroom and recreational time. Serving meals is a time-consuming effort that takes hours,” correction spokesman Doug Garrison said. “By eliminating one meal, we are able to operate our programs more efficiently.” Another official said two square meals a day provide the same calories — 2,500 — as three meals. Breakfast and lunch are combined into “brunch” — predominantly breakfast food served at 6 a.m. Dinner is served 10 hours later, at 4 p.m.