Need some meat? Minnesota senator wants to train correctional facility inmates to be butchers

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Need some steaks for the grill? Get a fresh cut from a Minnesota correctional facility.

Inmates at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw are already processing and selling meat. A state senator wants to turn the institution's work into a pilot program that gives inmates a butcher's license.

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Sen. David Tomassoni introduced a bill Monday. A similar bill was introduced in the House

The measure could help address a shortage of butchers while giving inmates a path to reintegrate into society. The proposal comes as demand for locally produced beef is surging, but the ranks of butchers are dwindling.

The facility mostly houses low-level offenders imprisoned for probation violations or minor drug offenses.

Tomassoni calls the proposal "a little tool" to give inmates a shot at a new career.