February 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

U.P. inmates hold 'food-related' protest

Lansing— About 200 inmates at Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula took part in a peaceful demonstration Monday that evidently was “food-related,” state corrections officials confirmed Tuesday.

The prisoners left their cells for about 25 minutes and returned without incident, according to a Corrections Department spokesman. The protest may have been connected to changes in menus and food selections following a switch to a private food service provider for the state prison system, officials acknowledged.

In a money-saving effort, the department signed a contract with service giant Aramark Corp. to handle food preparation. State workers previously had prepared meals for inmates.

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