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A Chicago prison allows inmates to order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

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A Chicago jail has started offering gourmet Italian pizzas to inmates.

For the past few weeks, inmates at Cook County Jail have been able to order a pizza made by fellow inmates in a fancy $16,000 pizza oven.

It’s part of a training program designed to give inmates skills that can land them jobs when they are released. Inmates pay no more than $7 per pizza.

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In this May 23, 2017 photo, inmate Marcus Clay, pulls pizza from oven at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inmates in the jail's medium-security Division 11 are now allowed to order pizzas made by participants in the jail's "Recipe for Change" program, which teaches inmates about cooking and nutrition. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Inmate Jonathan Scott works in the kitchen at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. 

It’s all part of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s ongoing effort to make jail a bit more humane while providing inmates skills that might help keep them from returning once they’re set free.

Dart says the money raised by the sales helps fund the program. He says the program also gives the captive customers an incentive to behave or risk having their pizza privileges revoked.

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In this May 23, 2017 photo, Bruno Abate, a chef/owner of a restaurant in Chicago, teaches inmates about cooking and nutrition at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inmates in the jail's medium-security Division 11 are now allowed to order pizzas made by inmates who are participating in the jail's "Recipe for Change" program while they wait for trial. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Bruno Abate, a chef/owner of a restaurant in Chicago, teaches inmates about cooking and nutrition at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

Chicago Inmates Can Order Gourmet Pizza Delivery

WATCH: How can you get a fancy Italian pizza delivered right to your door for no more than $7? Get locked up at Cook County Jail in Chicago, that's how.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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