The prison feeds women 2,600 calories a day, 800 more than its clinical director recommended in 2005. Food service workers told auditors they did not follow the guideline because it was difficult to customize meals for women.
Auditors pointed out that the prison already prepares meals to meet religious or medical diet restrictions, so it's possible to change them for female inmates. The prison could have saved $240,000 a year had it fed women fewer calories, according to the audit.
The report focused on women because auditors found the caloric intake for men to be about right.
Corrections spent $1 million more per year on food at the Draper prison than it did at the Gunnison facility, which does not house women, the audit says. The per meal cost at Draper last year was $4.16 compared with $2.96 at Gunnison.
Part of the reason, according to the audit, is that the Draper facility has not bought food from second-market vendors that sell excess or discontinued items at lower prices.
Utah spends more on prison food than all of its neighboring states except Wyoming, according to the audit.
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