Statement from Rep. Collene Lamonte demanding the state end its Department of Corrections contract with Aramark:
“The state of Michigan must act immediately to cancel its contract with Aramark to run the kitchens in Michigan prisons. Scandal on top of scandal have proven Aramark to be untrustworthy at best, and outright dangerous to Michigan families at worst.
“First came the scandals about Aramark employees having sexual relationships with prisoners. That’s not only illegal, but it also posed a safety risk to employees, prison staff and those who live near Michigan prisons. Then came news that maggots had been found near food, and prison protests when meals ran out and food was substituted. And today, we learned that an Aramark employee faces charges for smuggling heroin, cocaine and other drugs into a prison and giving them to inmates.
“Any one of these scandals would be cause to terminate Aramark’s contract. Instead, Aramark – a company that enjoyed profits of $141.9 million last year – balked at the $98,000 fine levied against it earlier this year. The company complained to Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns, a Gov. Rick Snyder appointee, and the fine was waived. When problems continued, Aramark was given a $200,000 fine, but its contract wasn’t cut, even though problems persisted.
“Aramark hasn’t been given a second chance. It’s been given fifth, sixth and seventh chances as it gambles on the safety of our corrections officers and families who live near prisons. Many have warned that privatization of prison employees would lead to safety risks, and predictably, that is what has happened.
“There are three prisons in the Muskegon area. Families who live near those facilities and who see their loved ones go to work inside them deserve to know that the highest degree of safety is being maintained. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case, as the governor puts profits and corporate deals ahead of public safety. It’s time that changed. The governor must end Aramark’s contract.”
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