This example an eggroll fried rice and salad is a typical meal at the Utah State Prison

This example, an eggroll, fried rice and salad, is a typical meal at the Utah State Prison.

Jailhouse Talk: The Food Behind Bars

Captain Mike Oviatt takes us inside his job and what’s being served to inmates at the Utah State Prison.

If you think you’ve got it tough satisfying your customers for two or three bucks a plate, talk to Captain Mike Oviatt. He heads support services, including foodservice, for the main hub of the Utah State Prison in Draper and has been serving meals that cost a miniscule $1.31 a plate. Now he’s being asked to lower that to 80 cents. And if his customers aren’t happy with the food, they don’t write bad reviews. They riot.

Oviatt is new to the foodservice side of his business, but

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