Maggots Found In Michigan Prison Food Twice In One Week (VIDEO)

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Proving that last week’s incident was no anomaly, maggots have been found in a second Michigan prison’s mess hall within the last five days, this time in the food itself.

Readers may remember Addicting Info’s article from only two days prior detailing Philadelphia-based Aramark Correction Services’ (ACS) infraction for maggots found in a crack in a wall mere inches away from prison food trays at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Mich., not to mention their shoddy track record ever since taking over the prison meal services for the state of Michigan last December. An estimated 30 inmates fell ill the very next day with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

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This latest infraction comes from the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center, the initial stop for inmates when being admitted to a Michigan state prison. Inmates typically stay there a month or so before being transferred to a larger, long-term facility elsewhere in the state. Perhaps ACS is simply trying to set a tone and intimidate the fresh meat by introducing them to the slop they will be eating for the next x number of years right out of the gate? Like Parnall, the Egeler facility is located in Jackson, as well.

Department spokesperson Russ Marlan claimed Charles Egeler warden Heidi Washington ordered ACS to dispose of all the potatoes stored at the prison once personnel alerted her to the issue. Marlan stated:

“She immediately went to the kitchen area and observed the maggots in the potatoes. She ordered all of the potatoes thrown out (and) the entire kitchen cleaned with bleach. Aramark management was immediately made aware of the situation.”

Aramark spokesperson Karen Cutler said:

“One spoiled potato was found in a bag in the storage area at one facility. We immediately disposed of all potatoes at the facility, and none were prepared or served. As a precautionary measure, we have ordered our third-party auditor to visit all of the facilities throughout the state to ensure they meet our high safety and sanitation standards.”

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ACS won the contract for providing meal services to Michigan prisons for a whopping 3 years and $145 million, pushing 370 Michigan state workers out of jobs and saving the state $12 to $16 million, but at what price to Michigan’s short-term and long-term social fabric? Prisoners are complaining of food shortages, shifty substitutions on the menu, under-staffing and ACS workers growing too close to inmates, sometimes smuggling drugs and other contraband into prisons on their behalf. Such an atmosphere builds unrest, and unrest is dangerous in a prison system. Just last month inmates were gassed by guards at St. Louis Correctional Facility for breaking things in their cells due to food-related issues. A peaceful protest also took place at Kinross Correctional Facility last February due to ACS’s deplorable service and conditions.

While it is not known how much food was disposed of as a result of the potato maggots, Marlan confirmed that a special effort was made by the prison’s usual trash collector to visit the prison on an off-schedule day to collect and dispose of the contaminated food.

As of last Tuesday, the Corrections Department has begun enforcing meal counts and menu substitution facets of the contract, which, according to Marlan, could lead to more fines and/or a possible axing of the contract altogether. Aramark already faces $98,000 in fines from last March for dubious menu substitutions and lack of professionalism from ACS staff growing too familiar with inmates.

Executive director of the Michigan Corrections Organization Mel Grieshaber declared that it is time for the state of Michigan to terminate its contract with ACS and bring back the state workers. Grieshaber feels ACS’s lack of competence, training and staff results in guard personnel becoming too preoccupied with maintaining order in the mess hall when they have many more responsibilities to ensure the prison’s overall safety and regulations.

Grieshaber said:

“I can understand four or five weeks getting acclimated, but it’s been six months and it’s still going on. They need to can them — get rid of them.”

Greishaber also mentioned an email he’d recently received from a senior corrections officer:

“I have served 21 years as a corrections officer and I will tell you I have never seen this kind of unrest from the prison population over food.”

Seizing a chance to butter up the public’s memory against his atrocious reign as governor, Rick Snyder came forth to state that he found maggots in prison food “not acceptable” and stated that the continuous problems with ACS must be resolved.

Meanwhile, Detroit citizens fight for their right to access clean water in a city where Snyder consciously and meticulously assassinated democracy so ruthlessly the U.N. is likely getting involved. There is as little question to his sincerity as there is to Aramark’s. It is up to Michigan inmates and citizens to turn up the heat and make sure prisoners are treated like human beings within the Mitten. Let Americans shift truly toward rehabilitation, rather than casting rotten dregs to those they deem dogs cast away in cages.

H/T Detroit Free Press.