Today, State Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) joined the growing calls from lawmakers for termination of the state prisons’ service contract with Aramark Food Services. Aramark has been fined $272,300 so far this year for contract violations, including failing to hire enough workers to prepare and serve meals. 

This week, the discovery of maggots—and subsequent prisoner protest—at the Ohio Reformatory for Women marked the ninth time maggots have been found in Ohio prisons’ kitchen preparation areas since January.

“Aramark’s performance continues to be completely unacceptable, leading to situations that jeopardize health and safety inside our state’s prisons. It is time that we take the needed steps to eliminate Aramark’s contract and return prison food service operations to our hardworking state employees. We must work towards restoring stability in our prisons,” said Rep. Celebrezze.

Following this week’s events, State Rep. Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) renewed the call for Aramark’s contract termination and requested a Department of Health investigation of all the state’s prison kitchens. Earlier this summer, Rep. John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) called for bipartisan hearings to investigate Aramark’s contract and in April, Reps. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) and Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) called for Aramark’s contract termination after the first fine was levied against the company. 

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