Friday, April 4, 2008


You might already know, the price of rice and wheat went up the roof in this past few month. Click here to read NY Times article

It's a hot topic around the world right now. Today the Thai government announced that the rice seller decided to stop deliver rice to prisons, blaming the price of rice is higher than the current bid. Click here if you can read thai. The budget for prisoner meals in Thailand is 42 bath per person per day. That's a little more than $1 (at the time that $ is down). The budget included everything that produce the meal, cook's salary, oil, heating cost, and etc. I thought that was low, but find out that Florida
only pays $2.67 for three meals a day for each inmate and according to the PalmBeach Post article on March 29, Lawmakers in the House want to reduce that cost to $2.30 a day. England spend a bit more, £1.87 ($3.70) per day for adult prison and £3.81 ($7.50) for Young Offenders. I can't find the price, but below is from the old Times online article about prison in Italy At a prison that detains murderers and Mafiosi in Velletri, a small town south of Rome, in Italy, prisoners play an active role in cultivating organic fruit and vegetables and making fresh juices, jams, tomatoes, olive oil and wine. The prison has state-of-the-art food production zones including the latest computerised fertilising systems in its orchards, and micro-filtered wine-making equipment in its cantina. The harvested fruit (including grapes, peaches, cherries, strawberries and figs) and vegetables (including tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines,) are incorporated into the prison menus. The prisoners even get 250ml of wine per day in a plastic bottle. The menu is based on typical Italian cooking, including pasta and minestrone and other Mediterranean specialities. “The coffee is superb in prison prepared with extreme care and attention, and sweets and pastries made with as much imagination as possible in the environment."


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