Ohio prison vendor hit for damages

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state has hit a private food vendor that holds the contract for feeding Ohio prison inmates with $142,100 in damages for failing to meet contractual requirements.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services failed to meet staffing requirements several times at three prisons this year.

The state’s Friday letter to Aramark obtained by The Associated Press also says Aramark has failed to staff 414 positions required by its contract.

The letter by DRC’s associate legal counsel Stephanie Warner says Aramark’s actions required prison staff to perform food service tasks at several meals.

Messages were left for Aramark seeking comment.

Aramark’s $110 million Ohio deal to feed some 50,000 inmates began in September and runs through June 30, 2015, with two opportunities to extend.

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