Michigan corrections budget

7:51 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Prison sentencing guidelines under review

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Lawmakers hope to cut costs by reducing prison sentences
Lansing- State lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder are considering the first comprehensive prison sentencing reforms since their predecessors got tough on crime 15 years ago. The idea is at least partly driven by a desire to reduce the Corrections Department budget, which exceeds $2 billion.
7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Michigan corrections costs remain high, despite drop in inmate and staffing

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State Senator John Proos says prisons should competitively bid prison services such as food and health care.
Despite significant drops in the number of inmates and prison staff, it still costs $2 billion to run the Michigan Department of Corrections -- the single biggest drain on the state's general fund. The static nature of the department's budget, despite a 15% drop in the number of inmates since 2006, is an increasing source of frustration for lawmakers.