Union Says Food Contractor Weakens Prison Security

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The head of the union representing Michigan corrections officers says security at state prisons has gotten weaker in the six weeks since food service operations were handed over to a private contractor.
The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1iXlV3p ) reported Wednesday that union leader Tom Tylutki made the allegations in a letter to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says employees of Aramark Correctional Services have been fraternizing with inmates, while prisoners working in the kitchens are getting easier access to knives.
Tylutki says Aramark employees' behavior endangers staff and inmates.
Corrections department spokesman Russ Marlan says some of the complaints are accurate but others are false or exaggerated. He says all the problems were dealt with effectively.
Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler says the company is committed to properly training its employees.

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