Comptroller calls for review of $37M jail food contract

Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for an attorney general review over a flawed $37 million food contract for Baltimore detention facilities.

The Board of Public Works approved an emergency $6.6 million contract for six months on Wednesday with Crystal Enterprises, of Prince George's County, due to miscalculations in the number of meals that would be needed.

The company threatened to back out without getting more money, after providing meals for only weeks into the contract, which was approved in January.

Franchot, who is a board member, says he believes the attorney general should look at the contract "from top to bottom, because I just find it very troubling."

Thurman Custis, chief operating officer of the company, says the state procurement miscalculation in required meals represents millions of dollars in difference.