The Republican plan to privatize food service in the state prisons will increase the odds of dangerous and costly violence, corrections workers warn….For years the Michigan Dept. of Corrections has objected to proposals to privatize food service, arguing that private companies skimp on nutrition, which is counterproductive for an institution also tasked with supplying heath care to inmates. Michigan spends less than three dollars a day to feed each inmate and past efforts to privatize have resulted in more costs rather than savings….
…In Kentucky a chow hall did go up in flames after the state privatized food service….Officials have estimated it will cost $18.8 million to rebuild….Florida also had problems with privatizing food service and with Aramark….A 2007 audit by the Florida Dept. of Corrections Office of the Inspector General found that fewer inmates ate the meals after Aramark took over food service, creating a windfall for the company which continued to collect payments for feeding the entire prison population….Aramark has spent more that half a million dollars on lobbying in Michigan since 2007, according to filings with the Secretary of State.