May 13, 2013
After pressure from state Republican legislators, the Michigan Dept. of Corrections reversed itself and WILL privatize state worker jobs in prison food services.
Aramark – one of the world’s largest food service providers – is the company that got the contract. They are known to donate heavily to politicians’ campaigns and are owned by Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.
They sure didn’t get the contract because they provide good service! An audit published in the Detroit News found that the State of Florida cancelled their prison contract with Aramark after food costs kept rising. An audit in Kentucky determined that a 2009 prison riot was provoked by poor food service and skimping on meals by Aramark.
U.S. prisons warehouse a largely working class and poor population who are victims of an economic and legal system organized to promote profits over the interests of people. Prisoners deserve adequate and healthy food as a most basic human right.
Aramark provides the elite of Wall Street access to some of the best chefs in New York City at the corporate cafeteria they operate at Goldman Sachs’ headquarters. Prisoners deserve nothing less!