Gangs controlling the lunch-line, staff not following sanitation regulations, and questionable cost-cutting moves are just some of the accusations laid out in a new report on the Michigan prisons’ privatized food system.
University of Michigan researcher Roland Zullo this week released a report chronicling the Michigan’s Department of Corrections’ move to privatize prison food service in 2013. The state signed a contract with Aramark in December of that year.
MDOC parted ways with Aramark last year after problems like staff issues and maggots in the food.
Zullo interviewed corrections officers working in the kitchens, or “chow halls,” who witnessed the transition to Aramark. CO’s recounted problems with under-qualified food service staff, increased food theft, and worsening sanitation conditions.
Zullo appeared on Michigan Radio’s Stateside this afternoon.