LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A report by Progress Michigan reviewed over 25,000 pages of emails between the Department of Corrections and Aramark.
Progress Michigan workers say the documents revealed Governor Snyder, and MDOC did not hold Aramark accountable for ongoing issues.
“This report shows that the Aramark scandals went way beyond the damning headlines already reported,” said Lonnie Scott, exectutive director of Progress Michigan. “There were constant issues regarding not only the contractor, but how the state handled oversight as well. It’s clear from their own documents that the administration was unable or unwilling to hold this private out-of-state contractor accountable to Michigan taxpayers. This lack of oversight on this contract should call into question all private contracts that the Snyder administration is responsible for providing oversight.”
According to MDOC documents, problems related to food quality and sanitation, prisoner safety and facility security, and administration occurred 3,707 times in an eight-month time period.
The report says Aramark and MDOC failed to address more than 48% of the problems because they proved to be recurring.
The majority of the problems were cited from food quality and sanitation issues including a report from the Central Michigan West facility in July of 2014,reporting flies and gnats were seen in the serving area.
Other problems included security issues, where inmates were issued tools, but did not log them out on several different occasions, and administrative problems where a food service director did not have the required certification for the job.