Spanish prison halts inmate snacks

2012-07-04 21:58
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Madrid - Spain's north-eastern region of Catalonia is to cease giving evening snacks to prisoners in its jails as part of cost-cutting measures aimed at tackling the country's crippling economic crisis.

A regional justice department spokesperson said on Wednesday that inmates would no longer receive the customary evening piece of fruit or pastry as part of measures aimed at saving some €2m a year.

She said juvenile centre inmates have been exempted.

The prisoners would continue to receive three meals a day and rations would not be reduced.

Other measures include doubling the price of meals for guards to €6.

Spain is in double-dip recession with a swollen deficit and near 25% unemployment.

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