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Aramark’s Recipe for Disaster

By Matthew Kovac Just days after news broke that food vendor Aramark fed rodent-eaten cake to Michigan prisoners, newly released emails offer further proof that the company’s health and safety violations are rampant in the state prison system. Last October, Aramark staff at Saginaw Correctional Facility threw away food before realizing there were more inmates […]

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ALEC Threw a Party and Nobody Came

The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known as ALEC, appears to be facing some membership issues here in Michigan. We managed to get our hands on some ALEC documents, which proved to be an interesting insight into how the right-wing organization views the Great Lakes State and the type of vision they have for our state. […]

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Who’s Afraid of Workers Earning Paid Sick Days?

By Matthew Kovac Barely two weeks after a coalition of social justice groups announced their campaign to advocate for workers’ access to earned sick leave in Michigan, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is already running scared. Since the announcement, the right-wing think tank has published no fewer than four separate blog posts attacking the campaign, three of […]

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Why the Aramark Scandal Matters

This week, we released an email that is part of our extensive research into the handling of food service in Michigan’s prisons by Aramark, a private corporation that was contracted by the Snyder administration to provide meals for prisoners. I’ll stop you right there if you’re thinking, “Who cares? These are prisoners. They deserve every […]

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Schuette’s Assault on Journalists is an Assault on Prison Reform

By Matthew Kovac When news broke that Attorney General Bill Schuette tried to intimidate a journalist, word spread fast. Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson tweeted Monday that she had been hit with two subpoenas for her interview notes while investigating juvenile prison conditions in Michigan. The first arrived before the interviews were over. Then an […]