Free Inmate Coffee Targeted by State Budget Cutters

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Free coffee soon will be off the menu in Michigan's prisons.

In an effort to save $250,000 this year, inmates in state prisons and people in boot camps and correctional centers won't be able to get free coffee after March 1.

That's according to Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan. He said inmates still will be able to buy instant coffee at prison stores.

Marlan said the savings generated by getting rid of free coffee are in Governor Granholm's budget-cutting executive order. But the department will go ahead with it even if lawmakers reject the order.

The head of prison advocacy group in Michigan says eliminating free coffee in state prisons shows that state officials are looking at the wrong places to reduce spending.