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County health departments may once again inspect prison kitchens

Sep 23, 2015

State lawmakers this week will discuss outside oversight for prison food facilities.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State Representative John Kivela, D-Marquette, wants local health departments to inspect prison kitchens.

The facilities have been self-inspecting for decades.

But ever since food service was privatized in 2013, the system has had problems with maggots in food and other health issues. 

“It really upsets the prisoners,” says Kivela, “What I’m really worried about is the men and women who wear the gray uniform who are put at risk because of this.”

The state recently replaced the private contractor that was managing Michigan’s prison cafeterias.