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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.