Prison Dairies Provide Milk and Eggs for Those Behind Bars

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Jose Franco in the dairy at Corcoran State Prison in King’s County.

When Lisa Morehouse was reporting in a Central Valley prison a few years ago she came across something she never expected to see.

Eggs. Thousands and thousands of eggs.

Roughly six percent of California’s inmates work in food production while behind bars. Their jobs range from coffee roasting to almond farming to milk production.

In her story for Good Food, Lisa Morehouse set out to discover where all this food goes and more importantly for Good Food, how does it taste? She takes us behind bars to a Central Valley prison egg farm and to the award winning dairy farm at Corcoran State Prison in King’s County.

Ryan Mons (left) and Edward Wilson in the milk processing plant.
Ryan Mons (left) and Edward Wilson in the milk processing plant.
Milk production at
Milk production at Corcoran State Prison in King’s County

Photos courtesy of Lisa Morehouse.