Date:Feb. 19, March 12, March 21, May 13, June 2, June 25, July 3, July 4, July 11, July 13, July 17, July 31, Aug. 4, Aug. 9, Sept. 12, Sept. 16, Setp. 25, Oct. 24, Oct. 23, Dec. 14
Free Press Lansing bureau chief Paul Egan produced a series of exclusive reports on Michigan's attempt to privatize prison food service and kept the heat up throughout 2014. His headlines included such stomach-turners as maggots found on meal lines, sex between Aramark employees and inmates, inmates served rotten meat, marijuana smuggling by an Aramark employee, growing inmate unrest -- even an Aramark worker who was suspected of trying to hire an inmate to kill another inmate. The stories prompted widespread revulsion and criticism of the contractor from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder - along with calls from Michigan lawmakers to cancel the three-year, $145 million Aramark contract.