Plans by the Kasich administration to privatize food service and other functions at facilities operated by the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) and Department of Youth Services (DYS) could eliminate nearly 500 state jobs this year.

  • Privatization of Food Service at DRC  —  400 jobs
  • Privatization of DRC Warehouse at each Institution  —  36 jobs
  • Privatization of Corrections Medical Center Laboratory  —  12 jobs
  • Privatization of Food Service at DYS  —  60 jobs

The Kasich administration claims the privatization effort could save over $16 Million a year, but if previous experiences with privatizing food service at state prisons are any indication, fraud, over payments and safety concerns might be a likely outcome.

In 2001, DRC put out a bid to privatize food service at the Noble Correctional Institution.   The lowest bidder, Aramark, was hired.   According to an audit conducted by then-State Auditor Jim Petro, Aramark failed multiple sanitary inspections and was unable to provide acceptable portion sizes as agreed upon in the contract.  Aramark ended up billing the state for millions of meals it never actually served resulting in $2 Million in over payments being made to the company.

Kasich’s Director of the DRC Gary Mohr was a Deputy Director at the time and participated in Petro’s audit.

Food service was turned back over to OSCSEA members at a cost savings to the state.

Kentucky had a similar experience with Aramark when it contracted with the company for all of its prison food service.   That state conducted an audit of Aramark after a prison riot occurred.  The riot was sparked, in part, by “poor sanitation and pest control” in the prison kitchens, “poor food quality, inadequate food quantity and reports of large scale food-related illness outbreaks.”

Like Ohio, Kentucky found Aramark had not fulfilled its contractual obligations to the state and the state had made over payments to the company.

Recent privatization experiments at Ohio’s prisons have also gone poorly.

Last year Kasich sold off the Lake Erie Correctional Institution to private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America.  Gary Mohr was employed by CCA between his stints at DRC.     The prison sale has been an unmitigated disaster with increased drug use, increased criminal activity and increased cost to local government.   When a fight broke out at the prison last month, special response units from state-owned prisons had to be called to transport the inmates to state-owned facilities.


  • dmoore2222

    This is the republican boiler plate for job creation: privatize everything resulting in fewer jobs at a lower rate of pay while already rich people make even more money. We’ve seen this over and over again. I thought waiting the Bush years out was unbearable. This chump will will do proportionately more damage in four years.

  • This business of privatization in order to save precious state dollars is unmitigated bullshit! If there are dollar savings, they result from contractors cutting as many corners as possible. Low bid is a piss poor way to buy anything, and although I don’t know if it is mandated by law (this is Ohio, after all), it should be abolished. You buy for yourself based on actual and perceived needs, and any big ticket item is likely to satisfy a large number of criteria. The state looks at low bid as more important than quality of service. It’s outrageous!

  • pete myer

    “Unmitigated disaster”? Not hardly! It’s another wild success for the boys who want to destroy all public unions (education, we’ll be back after you shortly), regardless of the cost. Heck, they don’t live near any of these sites, why should they worry! They also can claim to have “saved the state money”, and show it on a ledger. ‘What’s that- the hidden costs of fixing this clusterfrack? That’s on the next guy’s watch, and we’ll be able to snipe at him for raising costs, and taxes!’

  • We must StopThisOhioJobKiller!

  • Get this privatization crap out of government. These are government services nt opportunities for capital to screw workers.

  • eww3797

    I’ve read John Kasick has a surplus of funds. Why not!. Cut jobs. hold back money to schools, teachers . fireman. policeman, sell and privite Ohio, hold back funds from towns and cities, that they need to operaste , ought to allow him to have a big pocketful of cash.
    But of course, John Kasick and his so -called republican co- horts are following the CONSERVATIVE AGENDA which is to cut or destroy unions and union membership, bargaining rights, sell our states assetts or resources or privitize them, cut back on State services, sell or privitize our prisons , parks, Turnpike and whatever else his conservative agenda and handlers tell him to try to get away with.
    But as usual, we’ll forget all of this at election time and give this traitor 4 more years. to screw Ohio and its people some more.

  • eww3797

    The conservatives hate America and its principles, but by taking the same principles American’s believe in and touting them back to us, we listen to the conservative bull- crap and sit back and allow the CONSERVATIVES to tell us what is wrong with AMERICA.
    Kasick is saving money and building a surplus. He loves money because money is his God. and apparently to John Kasick:” GREED is GOOD.”
    Didn’t John Kasick turn down, 500 million dollars for a rail system and then turn around and ask the Transportation Dept. for the money so he can use it for highways?
    Didn’t John Kasick and his fellow Republican governors who were elected two years ago, hate Obamacare until they realized they could get it free for the first two years. And we are told we will have it for the first two years but the third year is in doubt if it will be continued.
    Give John Kasick four more years to finish screwing Ohio.

  • Darryl Dickens

    So where is the so called job growth, and some people like this tool. I don’t get it, he’s killing jobs in the state for special interest groups. People please let’s vote this State killer out of office.

  • Darryl Dickens

    Your right and he lost that money for Ohio, it went to some other states. Again killing job growth. All in all he won’t be saving anything that will benefit the people of the state as a whole. All the privatizing will cost us in the end and blow up in our faces when they can’t continue running those businesses and fold up and leave or want state funding.

  • Darryl Dickens

    Again killing job growth. All in all he won’t be saving anything that
    will benefit the people of the state as a whole. All the privatizing
    will cost us in the end and blow up in our faces when they can’t
    continue running those businesses and fold up and leave or want state

  • carrieee4

    Said in a cartoon voice of a dog from the 60’s….”Duh, which way do we go? Which way do we go?” Really? when is enough enough?

  • Jim Cook

    When do you expect another Lucasville (SOCF). Employee levels are back to the short staffing as before. Former Correction Officer, retired. JIm Cook

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