A recent legislative audit in Utah revealed that women are gaining more weight during their incarceration than men. The audit recommends cutting the 2,600 calorie per day diet that the state currently feeds its female prisoners. An 1800 calorie diet was recommended for all female offenders by the department dietician. Had this been implemented at the time of its recommendation the state would have saved $1.2 million over the past five years, nearly $240,000 per year.
The Utah Department of Corrections has a $263 million budget (Utah-Desert News, 9/17/2013).