Program to stop providing meals to Tennessee prisons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A recently criticized inmate rehabilitation organization is planning to stop providing meals to Tennessee prisons.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction CEO Patricia Weiland has announced that the organization will be eliminating the multimillion-dollar program in order to improve TRICOR’s business model and bolster its reputation.

Lawmakers blasted TRICOR after a September audit by the Tennessee Comptroller concluded that the organization lost $4 million because it doesn’t have a written contract with the Department of Correction for meals.

The audit also raised concerns about the quality and size of meals provided.

Weiland says TRICOR and the Department of Correction are working to extend their current contract to run through June 2016 to allow the department time to find a new food provider through a bidding process.