I read with interest the comments in Jack L. Shepherd's letter giving his take on privatizing food service in state prisons, and his comments on politics in the state agencies of military, state police and corrections. I, too, believe Governor Fletcher is a honest man. The governor, like all governors, will reward his political allies; however, in those three agencies he needs to keep politics at a barebones minimum. In my work experience, two of those three agencies were involved in politics aplenty.
I am in full agreement with Mr. Shepherd's comments. I, too, feel the governor may be getting bad advice. My work career includes years in state corrections and state police.
Common sense will tell you that any private organization meeting inmate needs is in that business for a profit. They will have to reduce the amount of food or cut labor, or perhaps both. Take a little survey as to how important food service programs rank inside a prison among people who have years of work experience inside a prison. It may surprise you.