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Privatizing Food Service in Michigan Prisons Proves Disastrous

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Less than a year after Michigan shifted responsibility for feeding its prisoners to a private contract with international food services conglomerate Aramark, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) is warning the company that it may yank the contract. The DOC says Aramark has violated terms of the contract hundreds of times since December. The violations include providing insufficient amounts of food, swapping menu items without the required authorization from DOC officials, and staffing issues that the department says endanger prisoners and prison employees alike. –

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