Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:30:00 GMT — COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A private food vendor says it's committed to fixing problems with its contract feeding thousands of Ohio prison inmates.
Karen Cutler, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, says the company encountered staffing and operational challenges expected in a large transition.
The state privatized its food service operations last year with a $110 million contract with Aramark through 2015.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday it is fining Aramark $142,100 for failing to meet contractual requirements.
The state says Aramark failed to meet staffing requirements several times at three prisons this year.
The prisons agency also says Aramark failed to meet the staffing requirement of a minimum of 414 positions.
Cutler says Aramark is committed to saving Ohio taxpayers $14 million this year.
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