State ends prison food contract with Aramark

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 11:32:46-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan has terminated a three-year, $145 million contract with Aramark, the food provider for state prisons.

A release from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says that the state will start transitioning to a new provider, Trinity Services Group, this month.   The three-year Trinity contract is worth $158 million, according to the Detroit News,

The contract with Aramark was plagued by incidents of maggots being found in and around meal preparation areas.  Aramark employees have also been caught in sexually compromising positions with inmates.

The transition from Aramark to Trinity will take place over roughly 60 days and is expected to be completed by Sept. 9, according to a release.

Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement about the cancellation of the Aramark contract:

“Michigan will now partner with Trinity Services Group to provide food service for prisoners in all state-run correctional facilities. We will remain focused on moving forward. Michigan will continue to realize significant cost savings from this new contract. Our departments will work tirelessly with both companies to ensure a smooth, collaborative transition as well as quality service, security and safety within the facilities during the change.”