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MDOC Defends New Food System To Michigan Legislature

Mar 8, 2018

Prison Food Tray
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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


During the meeting, Chair John Proos questioned whether the department has the resources to handle food services oversight.  He says the food service industry has a high turnover rate, and the department might have trouble keeping employees.

Kyle Kaminski is with the department.  He says these are civil service jobs and that makes them more desirable than regular food service jobs.

“We have individuals who are wardens who started out in our kitchens.”

Governor Rick Snyder announced the potential switch when he presented his budget proposal last month.  He and the current food service vendor have agreed to not extend the contract.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org