Oversight Official: Prison Food Problems Are Real

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The director of a state prisons oversight committee says there appears to be legitimate concerns about the job a private vendor is doing feeding Ohio inmates.

Joanna Saul, chief of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, says the quality of food has gone down since Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services began work last September.

Saul told members of her committee Wednesday that attention to sanitation appears to be lacking, Aramark employees lack sufficient security training and Aramark's low wages lead to high turnover and a temptation to smuggle in contraband.

Reports obtained by The Associated Press through records requests have found problems like maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of food since Aramark took over.

Aramark has called complaints about its service part of an anti-privatization effort.

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