Gov. Rick Snyder has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan’s troubled three-year, $145M contract with a company supplying inmates with food.
Gov. Rick Snyder said the transition to Aramark has seen “errors on both sides of the relationship.”
The company that runs the kitchens in Michigan prisons is taking some heat and racking up $98,000 in fined.
Michigan had provided Kosher meals to the state’s Jewish inmates but had not made similar accommodations Muslim convicts.
A state prison on Detroit’s east side will be reopened as a temporary detention center for anyone arrested in the city.
Michigan will not privatize nearly $350 million in prisoner health care and food costs, keeping intact nearly 1,700 state workers’ jobs, a state official said.
Lawyers are suing to get into Michigan prisons.
Michigan often keeps inmates long after other states would have released them for similar crimes, driving up prison costs by millions of dollars a year and eating up a quarter of the state’s general fund.
Michigan lawmakers are wrestling with their toughest decisions related to a new state budget scheduled to begin Oct. 1.