Fight brewing over prison food

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have grilled top corrections officials about the quality of meals served to inmates and what role food might have played in a prison uprising last year.
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday revolving around a bill seeking to cancel a nearly $12 million-a-year food service contract the state has with Aramark Correctional Services. The company provides meals at state-operated prisons in Kentucky.
Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson defended the contract and said prison meals are nutritionally sound. But she acknowledged prison food is occasionally unsanitary.
Committee members said they had heard complaints from prison guards who described the meals as revolting. Lawmakers also pressed corrections officials for a full report into the cause of last
year's fiery riot at Northpoint Training Center in central
Kentucky.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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