* Some state prisons are now serving two meals a day instead of three…
Feeding prisoners is a lot of work — not only cooking and cleaning up, but moving inmates from cells or dorms over to the mess hall.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says at some prisons, breakfast is served at 4 a.m., which means moving inmates in the dark. […]
But the John Howard Association, an independent prison watchdog, cautions that in Ohio, a similar brunch program caused health problems among inmates who hadn’t eaten enough to property digest their medication.
An official with AFSCME, the union that represents prison guards, says brunch is OK as long as it’s properly staffed and there’s enough food to meet inmates’ dietary needs.
* Meanwhile, late Friday, IDOC’s Tom Shaer responded to a Thursday post about there being no more prison dogs…
In yesterday’s entry, you wrote as fact something that is not true and about which IDOC was not asked:
Without those dogs, the guards have to do the cell and visitor searches on their own, so contraband could get by them.
This is incorrect. IDOC regularly uses dogs to search for contraband. As I’ve told other media, we have arrangements with local police and county sheriff departments for use of canines. The IDOC K-9 positions were eliminated because they weren’t necessary, as we still use dogs whenever we have a need.
—–Also, regarding this:
*** UPDATE *** From AFSCME’s Anders Lindall in comments…
Due to staff cuts, Tower One at Robinson is closed save for three approximately hourlong periods each day. Contrary to Shaer’s claim, frontline employees at Robinson report that Tower One is located just 200 yards from where the escape occurred and has a direct line of sight over the area.
This is incorrect. According to the Robinson CC Warden, two IDOC chiefs and a Lieutenant involved the search, no guard tower has direct line of sight to the normally unused area from which inmate work trustee Jared Carter walked away. As you know, Robinson is a minimum-security facility and Carter had clearance to be outside the walls, always supervised. There had not been a walk-away or other escape from Illinois prisons in years. Security at Robinson CC and throughout IDOC is effective, which is why we do not have these occurrences.