REMBERT, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina prisons officials say their farms cut down on inmate food costs, and now members of the media are getting a chance to see some of those facilities up close.
The state Department of Corrections is holding a media tour Monday at its Wateree River Correctional Institution in Rembert.
Reporters can tour the 7,000-acre farm's sweet potato fields, cattle pastures and a gristmill that grinds corn into grits. There's also a sneak peek at the agency's new dairy.
The 27-acre, $7 million complex of barns and milking parlors is set to open in January and will increase prison milk production to more than 2 million gallons a year.
Officials say sales of extra milk will help defray the dairy's construction costs and make money to run the state's prisons.