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Jail Uses Inmate Labor to Cut Costs

Lane County Correctional Facility uses free inmate labor to prepare meals and save money.

Loss of federal funding and money in the county’s general fund has forced the Lane County (OR) Correctional Facility to reduce spending in a number of ways, including overhauling its jail’s food service program two years ago, reports the Daily Emerald. In 2011, the county signed a contract with contract foodservice firm ABL Management, Inc, which employs inmates to instead of county staff to prepare, saving the county more than 49,000 hours of paid labor and about $400,000 annually. The average meal in 2012, including labor and food, cost only $1.54 while remaining in compliance with state dietary requirements.

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