Colorado will continue serving beef to inmates instead of substituting turkey in some prison entrees, says the Rocky Mountain News. Cattle producers criticized the policy, which the department began to phase in last month. The idea was to cut costs and waistlines by serving beef dishes two to four times a week, instead of the current five to seven times a week. “We don’t serve steak in prison,” said prison spokeswoman Patti Micciche, although inmates are offered hamburger and other cuts.
The state spends $11.6 million annually to feed the 14,700 inmates in state-operated facilities. ” The initial decision to reduce beef meals “sorely disappoints and offends Colorado beef producers,” said Terry Fankhauser, executive vice president of the influential cattlemen’s organization.