A state lawmaker says a proposal to reduce the number of meals fed to inmates at Wisconsin prisons could save a lot of money. State Representative Mark Radcliffe (D-Black River Falls) is backing legislation that would feed inmates two meals a day, instead of the current three. He says the idea was suggested by prison workers in his district, who believe it could cuts costs.
Radcliffe says inmates would still get the same number of calories each day, just in fewer meals. He says that should allow it to stand up against any court challenge because the law only says inmates need to be treated humanely.
He also believes corrections workers could handle any unrest that comes from inmates having their meal times cut back.
This is the second time Radcliffe has introduced the proposal. Legislation mandating the change did not pass last session.
Rick Schuh, WHBY