[Guest post by DRJ]
The Bexar County (San Antonio) Jail has a new idea for jail food:
“To cultivate better inmate behavior, and make some money, San Antonio jail officials are allowing friends and loved ones to special order hot meals for delivery to prisoners.
In allowing food services contractor Aramark to initiate its “iCare” online ordering system, officials expect to bring in $15,000 yearly in new revenue for operations at the chronically overcrowded jail, the biggest expense in Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz’s $100 million-plus budget.
The novel service offers a limited menu, but it’s gaining popularity “as word has spread among families,” said Darrell Wagner, who oversees the for-profit operation for the Bexar County sheriff’s office.
The county keeps 29 percent of every sale.”
The favorites are the “jumbo cheeseburger with fries, at $8.99, which is cooked on-site and delivered hot to the inmate,” and the $7.99 Italian meatball grinder. The beef and cheese nachos are a good fit in San Antonio, but there’s also a “pizza and wings party pack.” Invite your friends over!