The Menu in Jail is more than bread and water! See what one county jail is providing to your loved ones.
When your loved one goes to prison you may wonder what is on the menu in jail. You may be concerned about them getting enough to eat as well as nutritional meals. This article discusses what meals are provided to inmates at the Clark County Detention Center. Keep in mind this only represents one county and meals are not the same in all facilities.
The county contracts with Aramark to provide food and kitchen management at the detention center and the North Valley Complex, where another 3,000 meals are served daily. Ten Aramark supervisors work alongside as many as 32 inmates, who receive reduced sentences instead of pay. The inmate workers have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes and are serving sentences of less than one year.
Inmates cause few issues while working in the jail’s food hub, but as a precaution, supervisors count kitchen utensils every two hours to make sure nothing has been swiped, Suey said. Two corrections officers also monitor kitchen activity.
Good behavior in the kitchen has its perks: In addition to extra food, inmates earn a food-handler safety training card after learning cooking basics, sanitation, dress code and interview skills. That could help them land a job when they get out of jail.
Meals Provided for Special Diets
The Clark County Detention Center is a pork-free facility to help staff accommodate inmates’ religious preferences. Inmates can adhere to kosher, halal and vegetarian diets, based on their religious beliefs. When inmates request special diets, the jail’s religious coordinator meets with them to verify the need.
Kitchen workers prepare about 750 speciality meals each day — 250 each of breakfast, lunch and dinner for people with allergies, diabetes or high cholesterol. Labels accompany each tray to ensure inmates receive the correct food.
Inmates receive three hot meals per day that equal 2,800 calories and 9 grams of protein. That’s 400 more calories than the minimum required by the American Correctional Association. Each meal costs Clark County 94 cents.
Read the entire article in the Las Vegas Sun.