You gotta have a lot of prisoners to save money this way

A special state indeed. Texas is going to cut costs in its prison system by:

  • Texas ended the decades-old practice of serving last meals to inmates about to be executed after one man ordered an elaborate feast of hamburgers, pizza and chicken-fried steaks that he did not eat. (Well, that alone must have saved hundreds of dollars!)
  • Most states serve their inmates milk in cartons, but Texas prison officials said switching to powdered milk would save them an estimated $3.5 million annually.
  • Thousands of other inmates in the Texas prison system have been eating fewer meals since April after officials stopped serving lunch on the weekends in some prisons as a way to cut food-service costs.

In the US, two million people are in state prisons alone. In 2010, 225,000 of them were in Texas, or 1 in 100 residents. They built 174 new state prisons between 1979 and 2000, a 706% increase. (Texas has cut its prisoner growth rate in the last few years, but still holds the lead.)

Wonder how many of those prisons are private for-profit?

8 responses to “You gotta have a lot of prisoners to save money this way

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  2. This decision has been made the day after Troy Davis has been killed. The disgusting arrogance to make such statement after the death of a possibly innocent man in Georgia blows me away.

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    • In Florida we have a legislator who wants to undo the law against tossing dwarfs in bars. I’m think it’s some sort of disease that gets spread at GOP conventions.

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  3. Perhaps we should have figured out that the “Texas Way” doesn’t work so well in the real world after the first hours of Dubya’s presidency.

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    • Hi Elyse, welcome! The worst part of these Texas guvs is they seem to be proud of leading a state with bad education, bad health, bad environment and probably bad breath.

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  4. I think it is wrong to privatize the prison system.

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    • Hey kibble, hi and welcome.

      Agree with you completely – private prisons have a profit motive and I hear they are actually lobbying legislatures regarding sentencing etc. The more prisoners, the more money!

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