Several state audits show a private vendor in line to begin feeding nearly 100 thousand prison inmates in Ohio and Michigan has a track record of questionable billing, using substandard ingredients and riling prisoners with meal offerings.
Elsewhere, Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services has experienced few problems. The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association questions whether Aramark can deliver 14 million dollars in annual savings without cutting corners. Audits in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida show Aramark charged states for meals not served, substituted cheaper ingredients into recipes or served inadequate portions. The company has yet to comment.