Michigan prisons

1:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Snyder Says Prison Food Safety "Unacceptable"

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Prisoners at facility in Jackson treated for food poisoning after maggots were found near food
LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that he is seriously concerned by the "quality and safety" of food in Michigan prisons and is reviewing the performance of a private company that began providing the service in December.
7:16 am
Wed June 4, 2014

State Supreme Court Says Commutation of Sentence Can't Be Revoked

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Then Governor Jennifer Granholm commuted sentence, but rescinded order after meeting with victim's family
Lansing The Michigan Supreme Court says governors cannot reduce a prisoners sentence and then change their mind, a ground-breaking decision that reverses one of Jennifer Granholms last acts before she left office. Granholm in 2010 commuted the life sentence of Matthew Makowski, making him eligible for parole after more than 20 years in prison.
8:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Report Finds Failure to Reset Motion Sensors Led to Prisoner Escape

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Michigan Department of Corrections also finds informal prisoner counts were not done on day of Michael Elliot's escape
A review of a quadruple murderer's escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility revealed staff failed to reset motion sensor alarms in the area where Michael Elliot pried open two fences - using a pair of hobby craft scissors and his belt buckle - until about an hour and a half after he escaped.
11:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Attorney General to Launch Investigation of How Prisoner Escaped From Ionia

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Union officials said this week that David Elliot's escape was easier because guard towers are now empty to save money
The Michigan Attorney Generals Office will conduct an investigation into how a man imprisoned for multiple murders was able to escape from the Ionia County Correctional Facility on Sunday and remain on the loose for nearly a full day. Michael David Elliot, 40, walked past a string of security cameras and guards to open a prison fence with his bare hands.
12:22 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

State says bids for private prisons show no savings

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Officials say both bids by private companies to run prisons were above the state's operating cost
LANSING - The state of Michigan won't transfer prisoners to a privately run prison because two private firms who bid on the work submitted prices higher than what the Department of Corrections spends now, a state government spokesman said.