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Mich. Corrections Pres. Questions Privatization Of Prison Food Services

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The privatization of Michigan prison food services is supposed to save taxpayers $16 million by its second year, but some organizations say the new providers can't handle the job.


Michigan Corrections Organization President Tom Tylutki sent a letter to the Department of Corrections saying Michigan prison security has weakened.

"I've noticed a sharp increase of incidents in the kitchen," said Tylutki. He says it started when the state decided to privatize prison food services and began a three year contract with Aramark.

"Their actions in the kitchens around the prisoners are giving us indications that they're not familiar with how to behave around these people," said Tylutki. "The kitchen is the most vulnerable spot in the prison."



Spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, Russ Marlan, says Tylutki knew the transition to a private food service would be a big one, but it's only been six weeks.

"The safety of his employees and the security of his prisons are his top priority," said Marian.

To ensure, Marlan says all Aramark workers received on the spot training at every facility, but Tytluki's heard otherwise.

"I've personally talked to a few Aramark employees that have told me in confidence, I have not received any training," said Tylutki.



Marlan says a few state workers also created issues, but so far the department is pleased with the Aramark transition.

Tylutki says the problem with private vendors in their state is high turnover, a huge issue in prisons.

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