Marquette, MI – November 13, 2014 – Prisoners at the Marquette Branch Prison held a demonstration this weekend to have their complaints about the food served heard by the Warden.
According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, on Saturday afternoon approximately 40 inmates refused to leave the prison yard until their complaints about the food served by Aramark Correctional Services were acknowledged by the Warden of the prison, according to Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz.
Aramark Correctional Services took over the role of food service for prisons across the state of Michigan last December, in a three-year, $145 million contract that displaced about 370 state employees. Since the takeover, there have been a long list of complaints from prisoners across the state, including claims of shortages, sanitation concerns, and smuggling of drugs into the prisons by Aramark employees.
In the first year of the contract, 114 Aramark employees have been fired and banned from prison property for rule violations, including a case in which a former Aramark employee allegedly paid an inmate to murder another inmate.
Saturday’s protest was not the first, and most likely won’t be the last, as Aramark is contracted for two more years as the food service provider for all Michigan prisons.
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