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Michigan Ditches For-Profit Prison Food Provider, But Not Because It Fed Inmates Rat-Eaten Trash


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Judy
- 1373 days ago - thinkprogress.org
Aramark's appalling practices weren't enough for Michigan to terminate its contract?



   

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Freya H (345)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 5:02 pm
Here comes the new food provider, same as the old provider--

The privatization of prisons has been a total train wreck. Even though the crime rate is - from what I have read - at an all-time low, our prisons are crammed full of people serving outlandishly long sentences for non-violent crimes, or just because they are too poor to pay their bail or even their debts.
 

Animae C (508)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 5:10 pm
The entire system is disgusting, it needs a complete over-haul.

T.Y. Judy
 

JL A (281)
Monday July 20, 2015, 7:34 am
Excellent expose of why privatization doesn't really save money and is not the fiscally conservative choice. Let us hope the new contract ends faster than the old one. The termination reason sounds like something the lawyers concocted to try and protect the State from liability in the lawsuit inmates filed. Thanks Judy
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 1:06 pm
Thank God! Some good news for the prisoners. AniMae C. says it all.
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 1:11 pm
Thanks
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.

Aramark sells to schools?! Oh, my!
And, while I agree with JL's above comment, I still wonder if the "new" food provider might be financially "in bed" with the prison. Sometimes, a company will dump one corporation because another has come along (or been created) to work hand-in-hand to maximize profits for both.
And, I agree with all the above comments that the prison system is broken. Privatization always hurts everyone except those profiting in the system we now live with. No, it wasn't always this way, though.
I just keep hoping that as Obama's term nears its end, he will release all who are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses. Yes, the bail system is also rotten to the core.
 

Roger G (148)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 2:55 pm
noted, thanks
 

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 3:49 pm
Don't get me started on the cash cow prison system. It starts with the phone call, @ $12.00 to initiate the first call, and gets progressively worse. You can't get an indigent package, which contains soap, toothpaste, shampoo, until you have been there 30 days. REALLY? 30 days with no toiletries. It's a joke.
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 4:31 pm
Thanks everyone. I'm afraid it's going to be slow going in changing this rotten system. There is too much money in it, and there is so much corruption involved. The public are ill-informed about these issues. Many people don't care about prisoners, who tend to be poor, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled.
 

Hartson Doak (39)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 7:34 pm
After Obama pardons every prisoner in jail for pot possession, these hell holes will go out of business.
 

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 7:49 pm
animal abusers/rapists/child molesters should get food that rats have sampled first.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday July 22, 2015, 7:02 am
noted, thanks
 

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday July 22, 2015, 11:24 pm
Yuk, that's absolutely disgusting and shouldn't have been possible. The only pleasant thing about the article was the pretty picture of the rat.
 

Jim M (38)
Thursday July 23, 2015, 2:51 am
noted
 

Jim M (38)
Thursday July 23, 2015, 2:52 am
thank you
 

Johann S (120)
Friday July 24, 2015, 1:27 pm
This is the kind of stuff that makes people worse ,not better. The whole corrections system should be designed to help fix broken people, not tear them down more and make them worse. Prison food quality is generally one step above inedible
 
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