Privatized prisons serve terrible meals for inmates — and now protesters will fight back

Source: Alex Orlov, Mic, January 12, 2017

In private prisons, where corporate food contractors are paid to provide nourishment and sufficient calories to prisoners, some are allegedly cutting corners.  Activists will march in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14 to protest food corporation Aramark, an $8.2 billion company, for allegedly serving subpar food, PBS News Hour reported. Leading the protests will be members of Free Alabama Movement, a group that previously organized a prison labor strike in 2016 to protest the use of free labor in prisons nationwide, a practice they say is akin to slavery. Aramark, their newest target, is a food service provider that serves over 380 million meals in correctional facilities in the U.S. each year. … The crux of the problem is that Aramark and other food contractors have no accountability when it comes to prison food, David Fathi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project said in a phone interview on Tuesday night. … It’s no secret that prison food — in private or public correctional facilities — can be borderline inedible. … According to allegations, Aramark’s service is mediocre at best and dangerous at worst. … It’s unclear what demands Free Alabama Movement will make when they take Washington on Saturday, but the fact that the group is bringing attention to the issue of prison food isn’t to be taken lightly.