michigan corrections

6:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Snyder Administration Says Problems With Prison Food Contractor are "Unacceptable"

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Unions representing corrections workers are calling for state to end contract with Aramark
Lansing Two corrections worker unions have stepped up pressure on Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers to dump the states private prison system food contractor over an array of problems, from maggots in food equipment to inappropriate relations with inmates.
7:19 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director Says Human Error Led to Prisoner Escape

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Two employees at Ionia Prison have been suspended after Michael Elliot's escape earlier this month
LANSING - Human error -- not budget cuts, lack of staffing of gun towers, or reduced perimeter patrols -- was behind the Feb. 2 escape of a convicted killer from Ionia Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns told lawmakers today.
11:27 am
Mon February 10, 2014

House Democrats Call for Independent Investigation of Prison Escape

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Governor Rick Snyder asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigation
LANSING - House Democrats today called for an independent investigation into the recent Ionia prison break by a convicted killer, saying a probe headed by Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette will be too political to get to the bottom of what happened.
12:48 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Union complains about contracted prison workers

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State decided to award three-year contract to Aramark for prison food service
An employee of contractor Aramark Correctional Services has been caught having sex with an inmate and prisoners who work in kitchens are getting easier access to knives, less than six weeks after state employees were laid off and prison food services were privatized, the head of the union representing corrections officers says in a letter to the department director.
11:39 am
Mon December 16, 2013

First week of prison food switch brings mixed reviews

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Deal saves $12-million to $16-million a year, eliminates about 370 state jobs
LANSING - One week after the launch of one of state government's largest privatization moves in decades, prison officials said a contractor is doing a good job providing meals to Michigan's 45,000 prisoners, but union leaders said the transition has been a rocky one.