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State Lawmakers Continue To Debate Over Food's Role In Prison Riot

By Tony McVeigh


Frankfort, KY – Rep. Brent Yonts believes lousy food was the primary cause of last year's riot at Northpoint Training Center near Danville. Yonts believes the state, not private vendors like Aramark, can do a better job of feeding thousands of state inmates. "There's money being made on this contract, or there wouldn't be a contract here. The inmates are the ones who are starving."

But Justice Secretary Michael Brown says no inmates are starving. Brown stands behind the official Northpoint incident report, which primarily blamed restrictions on inmate movements for the riot, not food - although food was a contributing factor. The debate will continue because Yonts' bill to deprivatize prison food services cleared the House Judiciary committee 9-4.