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New Jail Diet Means Porridge for Convicts

December 30, 1985|From Reuters

LONDON — Jail inmates in England and Wales will be given more porridge as part of a health diet ordered by the government.

The 47,000 prisoners will have a healthier, higher-fiber diet, emphasizing porridge and reducing saturated fats, meat and salt, following a survey of jail food. Scotland, home of porridge, was not covered by the survey.

The diet resulting from the government survey, first for 13 years, will increase the weekly cost of feeding each of the prisoners in England and Wales by 40 cents to $8.50.

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