Michigan prison costs

7:42 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lawmaker Criticizes "Watered Down" Sentencing Reforms

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Republican Joe Haveman blasts Attorney General Bill Schuette
LANSING - Calling his bills "gutted," the Michigan lawmaker who proposed a package of criminal sentencing reforms expressed disappointment with how the bills passed the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday. Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was the driving force behind House Bills 5928-5931.
8:10 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

West Michigan Lawmaker Looks For "A Different Way to Keep People Safe"

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Attorney General Bill Schuette and other law enforcement officials have raised concerns about proposals
The Michigan Department of Corrections soaks up the largest chunk of the state's general fund budget, spending about $2 billion of the state's $10-billion general fund to house and supervise nearly 50,000 inmates. For state Rep. Joe Havemen, R-Holland, that money isn't being well spent.
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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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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