Aramark Under Scrutiny in Ohio

By: AP, News 10
By: AP, News 10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A legislative committee is getting updates on complaints facing the private food vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

Reports indicate employees with Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services have repeatedly failed to provide food or run out of it since beginning work last September.

Aramark won a prison contract in Michigan in December. The company has also received criticism in the Great Lakes State, where employees have been caught smuggling marijuana into a Jackson prison and having sexual contact with inmates.

Reports also document several days when Aramark employees simply failed to show up, cases of unauthorized relationships between inmates and Aramark workers, and five reports since January of maggots in food or the preparation process.

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says it will hear an update from Ohio prisons director Gary Mohr Wednesday afternoon along with other witnesses.

Aramark has called the complaints part of an anti-privatization effort and says it's making steady progress managing operations.

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