Indiana is cutting the cost of state prison meals from $1.41 to 99 cents by letting a private company run the kitchens, saving the state nearly $12 million per year, reports the Indianapolis Star. The 10-year, $258 million contract to Philadelphia-based ARAMARK Corp. is the first in an expected series of moving state services from the public sector to the private. “You can count on there being competitive sourcing of any activity that looks like a chance to save money for taxpayers,” Gov. Mitch Daniels said. “I don’t use the word ‘privatization’ because that suggests a bias or a prejudgment to the private side winning. I’m indifferent who wins so long as the taxpayer wins.”
ARAMARK already provides food service to jails in three Indiana counties and to state prisons in Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, and Kentucky.