Perhaps there is a silver lining that’s in the recent crime lab fiasco: a cost-savings.
Yes, the crime lab drama resulted in hundreds of cases being dismissed, and dismissed cases means fewer drug dealers behind bars. But fewer inmates also means fewer mouths to feed.
The Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday asked city supervisors for permission to amend its food services contract with Aramark Correctional Services, LLC, so that inmate meals are no longer a fixed price.
Instead, the department wants to pay per meal, which will mean a savings of as much as $896,000 for San Francisco at a time when the inmate population has dropped to 1,800 from 2,000 in February. The full board will decide on the contract amendments at its meetings Tuesday.