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Oversight official: Prison food problems in Ohio are real

Published: Wed, July 30, 2014 @ 2:40 p.m.

COLUMBUS (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 inmates in Ohio prisons.

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 says 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.

Saul told members of her committee today that food service concerns are more significant than in the past.

Aramark has called complaints about its service part of an anti-privatization effort and says it is making steady progress managing operations.


1gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Privatization without oversight and you get maggots in the food. Who'd a thunk it. Charter schools with no oversight tens of millions of dollars gone. Gosh golly gee what could be happening in the state!

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2handymandave(474 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Let's get those weights back in there too.

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3olddude(201 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And next be hearing false statements about eating insects for protein. .3 squares and a bed..life is too good for many..good job kasich..keep up the good work..dont need more unfunded pension plans in a rust belt union state..

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4gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Hey old dude, in the last ten years of which 6 of those year have been under republican leadership. and four under democratic leadership (which also was during a crushing recession caused by your party) you getting the theme here median income in Ohio has fallen 7,000 dollars per family. Yeah your on the right track. Maybe they should reduce your pension so they can reduce our taxes.

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