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Jails May Ban Junk Food In New York

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New York City officials are considering banning junk food from all city jails.
New York City officials are considering banning junk food from all city jails.

This news should definitely leave a bad taste in the mouths of New York city jailbirds: Junk food may soon be banned from jail cells.

City officials are supposedly working on a plan that would prevent items like soda, potato chips, honey buns and M&Ms from being sold at jail commisaries, the New York Daily News reported.

"As part of the city's anti-obesity work, we are continuously looking to appropriate steps to improve the food environment in city agencies," mayoral spokeswoman Samantha Levine told the paper.

Although the idea behind the junk food ban is to improve nutrition among the jail population, some jail officials think the good intentions could lead to bad results.

"That's crazy. They are not going to be happy," a jail supervisor told Gothamist.

The website also speculated that Pixie-Stix could become a contraband commodity like cigarettes -- except smoking was banned back in 2003.

No word on whether healthy items like organic wheatgrass juice would replace the junk food, but the Daily News pointed out that the 13,000 inmates at the city's jails spend $13 million at the commissaries each year.

The junk food ban is meant to stop rising health care costs incurred by inmates, but jail visitors and employees will also have to pay as well as the ban will also include vending machines.

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