Guard: Inmates rioted over food

Source: By Stephenie Steitzer, The Courier-Journal (KY), November 6, 2009


A Northpoint Training Center corrections officer testified Friday that inmates rioted at the prison in August because they weren’t being fed enough and the food they did receive was of poor quality.

… The department has said it is satisfied with the quality of food provided to inmates by Aramark Services, a private food service company in Pennsylvania.

….. Hughes was among about 25 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who appeared at Friday’s hearing. AFSCME officials are pushing the state to improve safety measures for corrections officers. Hughes and Yonts testified that food portions are often small and that about 20 percent of the inmates can’t afford to buy food from the inmate canteen to supplement what they get in the cafeteria.

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