Inmates Ill After Maggots Found On Michigan Prison Meal Line (VIDEO)


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Turns out everything you’ve ever heard about prison food is true.

Roughly 30 inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Mich. are currently being treated for symptoms akin to food poisoning one day after maggots and fly larvae were found along a meal serving line, according to one prison official.

Quick to defend itself against such reprehensible accusations, a spokesperson for Michigan’s prison food contractor Aramark Correctional Services (ACS) stated that there was no clear evidence linking the maggots to the illness inmates are presently experiencing.

That’s right — nothing but the cleanest, healthiest maggots for Philadelphia-based ACS. No matter that maggots squirm inches from the slop spoon; just try proving they’re making the inmates sick!

There’s that grand capitalist moral code again.

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Corrections Department spokesperson Russ Marlan said the maggots were spotted Friday in a crack along one of the lines merely “a couple inches from where the food trays are located.” Marlan stated:

“We don’t believe the maggots got into the food, but finding them that close to where food trays sit during serving periods is a serious and significant sanitary issue.”

The maggots inch forward as the latest food-related issue since Michigan turned to privatization for its food service last December.

Marlan offered regarding the past:

“I can never recall this type of thing happening.”

The following day, Saturday, some 30 inmates reported diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue and headaches to health care and are currently being treated, according to Marlan. He added:

“We don’t believe they are faking.”

Spokesperson for Aramark Karen Cutler attempted to distinguish that the food served Friday came after the maggots were found. She added:

“There are no facts that show food played any role in the illnesses reported over the weekend, or is connected in any way to today’s pest issue.”

Cutler continued by stating that Aramark “immediately notified the DOC maintenance department which will make all necessary repairs to the serving line.”


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The state of Michigan spat on 370 of its workers when it hired ACS by eliminating their positions. The move saved the state $12 to $16 million, but only through the degradation of both the American worker and inmate alike.

If that’s not enough to understand clearly Aramark’s moral integrity, consider that maggots on the food line is far from ACS’s first infraction since landing its Michigan food service gig.

Just last March Aramark was levied $98,000 in fines for an assortment of infractions. Only a few months later, on June 6, the Corrections Department informed ACS that as of the pending Tuesday it would begin firmly enforcing the terms of their three-year contract amounting to $145 million by means of meal counts and “unauthorized substitutions” for required items on the menu. It’s also no secret that ACS workers have been both fired and banned from prisons for over-sympathizing too much with prisoners, for getting too close and smuggling contraband inside, such as marijuana.

Marlan echoed Cutler, though, by commenting once more on the meal line:

“There is supposed to be a bead of caulking to seal the crack, however the caulking was gone; which allowed the fly larva and maggots to grow in the crack.”

He added:

“Our maintenance staff dismantled this serving line equipment, thoroughly cleaned it and will make necessary repairs.”

Marlan claims the maggot line is still out of service, but that inmates receive their meals from a second, maggot-free line.

Hey, maybe prison’s not so bad after all, eh? Sorry to alarm you.