Michigan may stop using private food vendors to provide food service in prisons kitchens after several years of dramatic problems related to inmates’ meals.
MIRS reports that Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to announce a proposal to do so in his upcoming state budget presentation.
The move follows three years of Metro Times and other outlets reporting on problems in the state’s prison kitchen. The state fired its union kitchen employees in 2014 and awarded the $145 million food service contract to food service-giant Aramark.
But the Michigan Department of Corrections fired Aramark after around 18 months of consistent problems and replaced it with Tampa-based institutional food giant Trinity Services. That contract was worth $158 million, and it just received a small raise.
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