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Jail to switch to prepared meals
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MONROE - Starting in January, inmates in the Green County Jail will eat meals prepared by an outside contractor instead of in-house staff.

The Green County Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee approved a one-year contract earlier this week with CBM Managed Services, a South Dakota-based company that specializes in food and other services for correctional facilities, schools, airports, assisted living and other facilities.

The contract begins Jan. 1. A price is not yet settled.

Currently, five people produce the meals inmates eat, according to Richard Wyttenbach, interim sheriff. Three part-time employees will be laid off at the end of December as a result of the contract with CBM. The other two employees, both full-time, are retiring.

Switching to a contracted service is a cost-saving measure, Wyttenbach said.

The Green County Jail had a daily average of 53 inmates in August, with about three out on electronic monitoring and 14 leaving on Huber work release.

These jail population numbers are down slightly from July but still up from the June average of 48.

- Katjusa Cisar