State Prison Food Service in Deep Financial Trouble

A state audit reveals deep trouble with financial management of a program that provides meals for Tennessee prison inmates. The comptroller’s report outlines trouble with the Tennessee rehabilitative initiative in correction board, or Tri-Cor. Tri-Cor operates separately from the correction department, and is largely staffed by prison inmates. The Tennessean reports Tri-Cor has lost some $4 million because it doesn’t have a written contract with the government to provide prison food. Tri-Cor wants the state to pay $3.59 per serving, but was paid only $2.99 until July, when the fee was upped to $3.15. Tri-Cor fired its chief financial officer and comptroller earlier this year for non-performance of duty. Tri-Cor also provides furniture and other equipment to units of state and local governments.

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