Michigan Fines Prison Food Vendor Aramark $200,000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state of Michigan is fining its prison food vendor $200,000 for "unacceptable" errors since food service was privatized late last year.

The fine announced Friday is the second imposed on Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services after a $98,000 fine earlier.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the transition to Aramark has seen "errors on both sides of the relationship which are unacceptable and need to be corrected going forward." Aramark has come under scrutiny for unapproved menu substitutions, inadequate staffing and workers having inappropriate contact with inmates.

Snyder says privatization is on the pace to save $14 million a year. He says Aramark will be required to redesign staffing procedures. The fine will be used to hire an independent contract oversight adviser who will work in the governor's office.

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