Sheriff Mike Hale has decided to remove ketchup, salt and pepper from his budget in an effort to save thousands of dollars.
Rena Williams, chief food supervisor at the county jail, said the facility prepares more meals than any other in the state, about three thousand meals daily.
Hale said his department spends $1.2 million annually on food and to save tax dollars he eliminated all condiments to inmates. That's an annual savings of about $30,000. He said sweets also are off the menu, instead prisoners will be given fruits because its cheaper.
Hale already has done away with fork and knives, inmates use spoons.
He's also exploring whether to bill inmates for their stay, but that must be approved by the Alabama Legislature.
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