Sheriff Tom Dart has been cutting costs with a vengeance at the Cook County Department of Corrections. And on Thursday, he announced another nearly $2 million dollars in savings.
This time, it's coming at the expense of breakfast.
Right now, prisoners in Cook County are brought breakfast in their cells, starting around 4:30 a.m. But because many prisoners are still asleep at that time, spokesman Steve Patterson told the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed that many breakfasts go uneaten.
"The prisoners are usually still sleeping at that time . . . and Sheriff Dart is tired of seeing stacks of uneaten trays of food left in the hallways," Patterson said.
Instead, prisoners will now need to leave their cells at the same time if they want to eat.
Dart estimates that the savings in uneaten breakfasts will add up to around $1 million. The remaining cuts come from a $750,000 prison laundry program that will be ended. Instead of contracting laundry out, prisoners will wash it themselves.
NBC Chicago also reported that just two weeks ago, Sheriff Dart announced the closing of two unused prisons that will save Cook County around $15 million.