Jail allows inmates to order pizza for delivery

A program that debuted last month in Cook County Jail has people accusing officials of coddling the inmates.

The Tribune reports that other inmates in the Chicago facility make the pies, then deliver them to individual cells. They cost between $5 and $7 each, which detainees pay for with their commissary money.

Chef Bruno Abate, who cooks at Tocco—the Wicker Park Italian restaurant nearby, teachers a select few inmates how to make thin-crust pizza. He told the paper that he wants to expand his pupils' appreciation for food and increase their self-esteem.

Abate is a member of a program called Recipe for Change, a charity that helps bolster inmates' work ethics.

He shared a video of the pizza making process on Facebook:

The delivery program is offered only to inmates in a mostly medium-security division.

There are six types of pies inmates can order, and county officials say sausage is the top seller.

Prison guards said they wanted nothing to do with food prepared by inmates and opted out of the program.