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7/4/2014 6:01:00 AM
Mohave County inmates trained in food safety
CourtesyInmates clean the kitchen at the Mohave County jail, which prepares meals for more than 500 adult and juvenile inmates.

Inmates clean the kitchen at the Mohave County jail, which prepares meals for more than 500 adult and juvenile inmates.

KINGMAN - Inmates at the Mohave County jail and the juvenile detention center might have a lot of things to worry about, but the risk of being poisoned by untrained food handlers is no longer one of them.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office recently teamed up with the Mohave County Public Health Department to conduct a food handler course for inmates who volunteer in the jail's kitchen.

The Kingman jail, with more than 500 inmates, serves on average nearly 1,700 meals a day under the direction of Trinity Services Group.

Inmates prepare the meals for their peers and juvenile inmates, which helps to significantly reduce labor costs.

"The inmates received the same training that is presented to the general citizenry and obtained their food handler cards," said Deputy Chief Jim McCabe, who said the program also helps inmates land jobs after they're released.

McCabe noted the kitchen "consistently" receives "excellent" ratings when subjected to the unannounced inspections other food outlets are subjected to in Kingman.

The fines and fees inmates pay as part of their sentence covered the cost of the training.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: Billybl gfroerer

Typical of some of the . . . . that are always the first ones to wave the flag and spout off. So much for "Presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty" Yeah, that means not all inmates are convicts! I guess they get take out, huh!?

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"He said the boxes of meat said not for human consumption on the side."

Sure they did..."he said". So in all the inspections and all the inmates that have passed through there, no infractions given or lawsuits have been filed.

You think food service companies make special trips to the jail to deliver dog food?

Sounds more like a criminal making his stay out to be worse than it was.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Bad Taste

This bleeding heart says:
First lesson. Not even lawbreakers should intentionally be given food not fit for human consumption! For those who don't care about anyone but themselves, look at it this way: Some of these people may develop life-long illnesses from such so-called food and become a permanent burden on health care facilities and tax payers once they leave prison.
Second lesson. Learning good health habits and earning Food Handler's cards can only help the inmates cleanly supporting themselves, their families, and remove more of them from the welfare rolls.
I wish private and public institutions that provide bad food to inmates, as well as to people with mental and physical disabilities,would be criminally charged.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Name Withheld

Good news about the foodhandlers cards.

I had a family member recently in jail for two months who worked in the kitchen. He said it was so disgusting, he lost over 20 pounds in that two months.

He was in once before and again, worked in the kitchen. He said the boxes of meat said not for human consumption on the side. When I asked for whose consumption it was, he did not know.

First lesson. Don't break the law and you don't have to worry. Second, I am glad they are scrubbing the place up and getting the food handlers cards. It can only help.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Food Handlers

So when these criminals are done doing their time, we can look for them to be handling food in our local restaurants. What could go wrong?

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: T K

I am going to apply for a job at Kingman Daily Miner to maybe replace the person who spelled County and spelled it couny.

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: The Fox h

Wow that's great at least these guys can go to work at McDonalds when their finished doing time. Who says you can't learn a trade in jail. We need to put a lot more out of work people in prison so we can improve our economy.

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