Prisoner Food Services - 471-0621-17

Description of Agency

The Department of Corrections (DOC) began utilizing a contractor in December 2013 to provide food services to approximately 41,800 prisoners under DOC’s jurisdiction at 32 correctional facilities. DOC admisters the food service contract and uses contract monitors to determine the contractor’s compliance with contract performance criteria. The contract monitors’ primary responsibilities include performing on-site contract compliance and sanitation reviews of the food service operations at each facility, following up on corrective action for on-site violations identified, reviewing and approving menu substitutions, and ensuring that the contractor addresses any reported food service incidents. The contractor prepares and serves approximately 3.1 million prisoner meals and 38,300 staff meals each month.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the effectiveness of DOC’s monitoring of prisoner food services.

  2. To assess the effectiveness of DOC’s efforts to assess and collect service credits for contract violations.

  3. To assess the suffiency of DOC’s efforts to provide meals that meet federal dietary recommendations.


Estimated Release Date: Late 2017

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