Rally against state contract with Aramark

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A protest against Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Corrections’ decision to keep the state’s contract with a company that provides food in the prison system will take place on Thursday.

Gov. Snyder announced a $200,000 fine against Aramark Correctional Services in regards to its food service operations, but the state did not cancel its contract with the company.

The Michigan Corrections Organization said the fine is insignificant when compared to the $145 million contract. They said the decision from the governor’s office is degrading to prison security.

A rally is being held at noon Thursday outside the Romney Building in Lansing, located at 111 S. Capitol Avenue.

Four private food service employees from Aramark were fired after inappropriate sexual activities with prisoners at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia.

There have also been several complaints regarding food quality against Aramark over the past two months. However, MDOC cleared Aramark of all false claims related to pests and inmate illnesses last week.

MDOC sent out the following statement: Although Aramark is responsible for its share of problems, they are not responsible for every issue that has been raised in recent months.  We investigated recent allegations connecting Aramark’s services to inmate illnesses and pests.  We determined none of these incidents were caused by Aramark.  Despite heavy scrutiny and challenges, Aramark has served more than 20 million meals through July with great efficiency.  We are pleased with the new process for tracking Aramark’s performance going forward and will work closely with the company to make sure this partnership is a success. 


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