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Jail Food
Scott Sullivan
If there’s a taxpayers’ outcry demanding we serve inmates gourmet meals, I’ve yet to hear it. Unjust people get unjust desserts, here literally. Tough toenails. Still, does treating bad guys bad in return make us better?

Last we heard from Aramark, Michigan was ending its three-year, $145-million contract with the prison food vendor 15 months early after finding inmates were served food that was rotten, had maggots in it and/or was partially eaten by rodents.

The Philadelphia private firm’s low-paid employees were caught smuggling drugs into prisons, having sex with inmates in walk-in coolers, hiring prisoners to assault others, on and on.

The state awarded

Aramark the contract in December 2013, replacing 370 unionized state employees. Republicans publicized privatizing (Isn’t that a contradiction?) this service would save taxpayers $12 million. You get what you pay for sometimes.

But Aramark’s legacy continues. The latest lawsuit comes from an inmate who claims he damaged his teeth on rocks a taco. Yum.

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 21 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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