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Wis. Dems wants to reduce inmates' meals

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Wausau (WAOW)--  A Democratic lawmaker is proposing a pair of bills that would cut back on prisoners' meals and require them to pay for their medication.

One of Rep. Mark Radcliffe's bills would cut back on the meals provided to prison inmates from three per day to two per day.  Sheriffs would be allowed to make the same change in county jails, but wouldn't be required to do it.

The other bill would require prisons and sheriffs to charge inmates a co-pay for medication.  In a memo, Radcliffe says no one would be denied medication if they can't pay, but they would be expected to pay through their canteen account or after they're released.

Radcliffe is trying to drum up co-sponsors for both measures. He says the legislation would save taxpayers money.

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