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Aramark Says They’re Staying Out Of Political Circus

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(WLNS) - Even though maggots found at Parnall Correctional in Jackson and maggots found down the road at the Egeler Guidance and Reception Center weren't linked with inmate illnesses, it raised questions about services at both facilities.

They prompted responses by Governor Rick Snyder who says the state needs to look into the Philadelphia company Aramark and that contract. His challenger in the upcoming election, democrat Mark Schauer, says he thinks the contract with Aramark should be terminated.

So we attempted to reach Aramark by phone Monday and by Skype to have them finally address these concerns and where they go from here. Aramark says this is a political issue and they're not playing a role in it. Under their contract with the Department of Corrections Aramark is prevented from doing interviews and answering questions without approval from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

They referred to a written statement, saying it is a well-orchestrated campaign by special interest groups. “We are not interested in participating in an ongoing political and media circus about anti-privatization,” said Aramark.

"Correctional officers are very concerned about private prisons, but we are also concerned about private vendors in the prisons, because it needs to be safe and secure,” said Mel Grieshaber, Executive Director, Michigan Corrections Organization.

Grieshaber says he is still receiving daily concerns about prisoner unrest with Aramark employees and food substitutions.

Even though Aramark has promised a third party auditor to come in and check the prisons, Michigan correction organizations and Mel Grieshaber say they're sticking to their status quo, Aramark needs to go and now.

The Department of Corrections says they're still waiting to see how those audits go and how the prison inspections go, Russ Marlan says that this clearly though is not political, they have issues and Aramark needs to handle it.
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