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Michigan to contract out prison food service


LANSING (WKZO) -- As state lawmakers hammer out the next budget, one way they've saved money is by contracting out the prison system's food service. No getting around the fact that they've got to feed the inmates something, and State Senator John Proos says privatizing that will mean saving 20 percent from what the state currently spends on prison food.

Under the private food service management, the contractor that's been hired plans to retain 85 to 90 percent of the prison food system current employees.

Proos says this move will help Michigan get its corrections costs in line with what they are in other states.