2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
April 7, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Radcliffe and Danou. Referred to
Committee on Criminal Justice and Corrections.
1An Act to amend
302.37 (1) (a); and to create
302.075 of the statutes;
2to: providing meals to inmates of prisons and jails.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires a sheriff or other keeper of a jail to provide three meals
per day to inmates. Current law does not specify how many meals per day the
Department of Corrections must provide for prison inmates, but specifies that
inmates must be treated humanely.
This bill allows, at his or her discretion, a sheriff or other keeper of a jail to
provide two meals per day to jail inmates, unless a physician notifies the sheriff or
keeper that an inmate has a medical need for more than two meals per day. Under
the bill, a warden or prison superintendent may not serve more than two meals per
day to prison inmates unless a physician notifies the warden or superintendent that
an inmate has a medical need for more than two meals per day.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB77, s. 1
302.075 of the statutes is created to read:
4302.075 Meals for inmates. (1)
Except as provided in sub. (2), wardens and 5
superintendents may provide no more than 2 meals daily to each inmate.
A warden or superintendent may provide more than 2 meals daily to an 2
inmate if a physician notifies the warden or superintendent that the inmate has a 3
medical need for more than 2 meals daily.
AB77, s. 2
302.37 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The sheriff or other keeper of a jail shall constantly keep it clean 6
and in a healthful condition and pay strict attention to the personal cleanliness of 7
the prisoners and shall cause the clothing of each prisoner to be properly laundered. 8
The sheriff or keeper shall furnish each prisoner with clean water, towels,
bedding. The sheriff or keeper shall serve each prisoner 3 times daily
with enough 10
well-cooked, wholesome food. The county board shall prescribe an adequate diet for 11
the prisoners in the county jail and may allow, at the discretion of the sheriff or
12keeper, the sheriff or keeper to provide each prisoner with no more than 2 meals daily
13unless a physician notifies the sheriff or keeper that an inmate has a medical need
14for more than 2 meals daily