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Published:November 21st, 2010 00:42 EST

New York City Mayor Wants To Cut Prisoner Rations To Save Money

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Reducing the number of slices of bread inmates receive each day will save New York City about $350,000 per year, officials said.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to cut prisoner rations from eight slices of whole-wheat bread daily to six slices as part of a $1.6 billion budget adjustment, the New York Daily News reported."UPI

In these hard economic times most of us can`t afford to buy whole-wheat bread, and I doubt that the average law-abiding person eats eight slices of bread daily.

It`s not a good idea from a nutritional or financial perspective to eat that much bread every day. The average diet for male inmates is almost 3,000 calories daily, that`s more than recommended by nutritional experts. Inmates should be limited to only a couple of slices a day.

If average folks are tightening their belts, then certainly the budget for prisoners should be adjusted. Jails and prisons can save even more taxpayer money by doing away with amenities like cable TV.

"The city may also remove chocolate and vanilla pudding from the Rikers Island jail menu, and black pepper is also on the hit list." UPI

It won`t be cruel and unusual punishment if jail birds are given only two slices of bread daily, and if chocolate pudding is removed from the jail menu.

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