- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Corrections has slapped its latest food contractor with more than $2 million in penalties for inadequate staffing and other problems since it began providing meals in September 2015.

Department spokesman Chris Gautz told the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/2jHSV9a ) the penalties against Trinity Services Group include $905,000 for unauthorized meal substitutions, $357,000 for delays serving meals, $356,000 for inadequate staffing levels, and $294,000 for sanitation violations.

Gaultz says the department believes staffing problems lead to other issues.

The penalties were first reported Thursday by Gongwer News Service. They show significant problems persist with the privatization of prison food services after the state and its first prison food contractor, Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, ended their contract early.

A message seeking comment was left Friday at Trinity’s Florida headquarters.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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