Local restaurants may soon be serving up tilapia raised by Cook County Jail inmates.
The jail will add fish-farming to its current crop of agricultural work opportunities on-site, which include three vegetable gardens whose yields are sold to restaurants like the soon-to-close Charlie Trotter's, and other high-end eateries, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said told an audience at St. Xavier University that the tilapia farm should be up and running in a few weeks.
The tilapia project follows several new work agreements involving Cook County Jail inmates, including the recent placement of 16 nonviolent offenders at a Southwest Side animal shelter to help clean cages, according to the sheriff's website.
Dart's spokesman, Frank Bilecki, said the fish tanks will arrive at the sheriff's boot camp in a few weeks, Fox Chicago reports.