Monday, July 13, 2015

State to end contract for prison food services with Aramark

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Just two weeks after a poll found most Michigan residents wanted Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to end a contract for prison food services with Aramark Correctional Services, and only days after a MT cover story highlighted some of the unpleasant circumstances of prison food dished out by the company in Oakland County jails, the state has finally decided to wind down the controversial agreement.

Following revelations of maggot-covered food, rodent-eaten cake, employees having sex with prisoners, drug smuggling, an alleged murder-for-hire plot (shall we go on?), the Snyder administration said Monday it canceled the $145 million contract with Aramark. The company will phase out its operations in Michigan state prisons over the next two months before a new $158 million agreement with Trinity Services Group begins in September, according to The Detroit News.

“Both the state and Aramark felt we couldn’t bridge the gap and determined it was best we both go our separate ways,” Caleb Buhs, spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget, told the newspaper.

A company called Trinity Services Group will take over prison food services starting in September, the News reported. 

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