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Actually, food is a big issue. Food in the Jackson prisons is outsourced, one of the many ways corporations make money off of the prison industrial system. This was highly controversial, as it cut union jobs and further privatized the prisons. The company that provides meals in the Jackson prisons is Aramark. The officer tells me a story of an Aramark employee who started having an affair with a prisoner. It's the first of several stories I'll hear from guards about warnings not to get involved with prisoners. But back to the food, a month before my first trip in, there was a pretty big scandal about maggots in the prison food in this facility, and thirty inmates got sick from food poisoning.
I'm not remembering that story as I muse on the gardens, taking in their bright blooms. I'm just surprised that prison could contain such beauty.