Free coffee soon will be off the menu in Michigan’s prisons, following a budget-cutting executive order by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. In an effort to save $250,000 this year, inmates in state prisons and people in boot camps and correctional centers won’t be able to get free coffee after March 1, a Corrections Department spokesman told the Associated Press. Inmates will be able to buy instant coffee at prison stores.
Granholm is trying to help resolve a $375 million shortfall in this year’s $8.8 billion general fund. “We’re looking at everything that can reduce costs without jeopardizing public safety,” the spokesman said. “There is no nutritional value to coffee.” The state pays $2.50 to feed an inmate three meals a day, or a little more than $120,000 for the state’s 48,600 inmates, the spokesman said.