MDOC Reverses Decision on Hiring Outside Food Service Vendor

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The state prison system has reversed an earlier decision, and has announced it will hire an outside vendor to handle the food service at all prisons in the state.

Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Corrections rejected bids by vendors seeking the contract, as the state said there were insufficient savings. Bringing in the outside vendor could lead to more than 370 food service workers losing their jobs in the department unless the winning bidder, Aramark, decides to keep them on.

Reports say that the initial bid did not consider the fact that many inmates skip breakfast and also that the state wrongly believed that Aramark would not provide security in food service areas. After reconsidering those things, the state decided to hire the vendor, saying the move would save the state about $16 million annually.

Final approval of the contract is now up to the State Administrative board and the Civil Service Commission.

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