Michigan prison costs

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.
Prison contracts
8:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Chairman of subcommittee overseeing corrections spending hails private vendor for food service

State Prison in Jackson
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Interview with John Proos


The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections says hiring a private vendor to provide food service for Michigan prisons is a victory for taxpayers.

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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.