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Michigan severing ties with embattled prison food vendor

The state is cutting ties with Aramark and starting fresh with a new company to provide food service to Michigan prisons. Current State talks with Michigan Public Radio Network Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

The state of Michigan is trying to move beyond a troubled piece of recent history. Yesterday it was announced the state is discontinuing its relationship with prison food vendor Aramark. The decision comes less than two years into Aramark’s three-year contract.

Aramark’s service in Michigan has been rife with scandal. During the company’s watch, maggots were found in kitchen areas, and some staffers were fired for allegedly smuggling drugs to prisoners and engaging in sex acts with them.

The state will now employ Trinity Services Group, a Tampa-based firm operating in 44 states.  A formal transition period begins on July 29th.

Current State discusses the state’s decision to sever ties with Aramark with Rick Pluta, the Statehouse Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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