Aramark Correctional Services

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is renewing a contract to feed the state's 50,000 prison inmates with a company whose early troubles getting the job done led to criticism over privatizing the service. 

A state employees' union has made a pitch to take back the job of feeding Ohio's 50 thousand prison inmates. 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says its contract with a prison food vendor has saved taxpayers more than expected and resulted in relatively few problems, despite heavy early criticism. 

Public records show the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections agreed to renew a two-year contract with the troubled food-service contractor, Aramark Correctional Services, on October 30th.

The chair of a prisons oversight committee that's taken recent hard looks at Ohio's troubled prison food contract and security issues in prisons wants the panel's director fired. 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections plans to invite local health inspections of each prison's food service operations in the wake of complaints about problems including maggots in kitchen areas.

State of Ohio

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections director Gary Mohr says his department and the private vendor that feeds inmates share responsibility for conditions that led to the discovery of maggots in meals served at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

Inmates Dump Lunches After More Reports Of Maggots

Aug 6, 2014

Officials say about 1,000 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville dumped their lunches in the trash Tuesday after a report circulated about the fly larvae found under a stainless-steel serving line during a pre-meal inspection.

Lawmakers Get Update On Prison Food Contractor

Jul 31, 2014
Ohio Public Radio

The director of the Ohio legislature's Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says concerns about the private vendor hired to feed state prison inmates are legitimate.

A legislative committee is getting updates on complaints facing the private food vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

Maggots in food, staffing shortages and multiple reports of food shortages are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to serve food to Ohio prison inmates.

Audits Show Problems With Prison Food Company

Jul 15, 2013

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.