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And we were doing so well saving the state money before the prison riot broke out

by: Eric B.

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 14:15:42 PM EDT

This lead paragraph ...

LANSING — An Aramark Correctional Services worker is accused of trying to smuggle bags of marijuana into a state prison in Jackson in the latest in a series of problems since the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder opted to eliminate 370 state jobs and pay a contractor to provide prison meals, starting last December.

... isn't even the most shocking revelation in this story. This is.

The state recently fined Aramark $98,000 for contract breaches, including employees exchanging love letters with prisoners, meal-time food shortages and frequent substitutions of menu items. Food also was cited as a reason for a demonstration by about 200 prisoners at Kinross Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula in February.

Similar — and in some cases more serious — problems, including improper fraternization, food skimping, overbilling and a prison riot, have been issues in other states that contracted with Aramark of Philadelphia as a way to save money on inmate food.

Emphasis mine. Why in hell did anyone think it was a good idea to contract prison food service out to a company that was responsible for starting a prison riot. True to form, they provoked one in this state.

Look this is very simple: The idea that when people go to prison that they're just tossed aside and can live on maggoty bread and rancid meat is not only inhumane, it's also stupid and unproductive. They don't have to be eating steak and lobster every night like they're on food stamps or something, but if you don't want to spend an inordinante amount of resources on security and don't want to open yourself up to lawsuits because prisonsers still have rights no matter how much we try to dehumanize them, then you need to spend money making sure that they are decently fed.

Eric B. :: And we were doing so well saving the state money before the prison riot broke out
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I love your headline.
Oh, and that jab about unrealistic criticism of food stamp recipients.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

These people are worse than the Keystone Kops

I have never seen people more capable to turning everything they touch into complete and utter shit.

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