Michigan prisons

7:12 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Being Exonerated in Michigan Comes With Little Help

Bill in the state Legislature didn't pass before end of session last week
In Michigan, exonerees officially are on their own when they leave prison. Exonerees do not receive compensation for the years spent unjustly in custody, unlike in some 30 other states in the U.S. Jamie Peterson walked free from jail in September with a broad smile on his face.
12:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Michigan's High Black Incarceration Costs

Some officials say the state can't afford the "pipeline" that sends so many black and Latino men and boys to prison, and for much longer sentences than whites get.
Posted to MichiganNow.org on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 INTRO: Black and Latino boys and men are facing more challenges than other folks. That's their problem and their fault... you might say if you're white or Asian. But Michigan Now's Chris McCarus is finding a variety of people seeking justice for men of color.
6:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Two Michigan Prison Guards Suspended Over Inappropriate Behavior With Inmates

State Corrections Department says incidents with prison guards are rare
LANSING - A corrections officer at a state prison in Jackson was suspended this week, suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate and smuggling him a cell phone, the Department of Corrections confirmed Wednesday. She was one of two officers suspended and facing possible firing this week.
1:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Snyder Says Prison Food Safety "Unacceptable"

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

Then Governor Jennifer Granholm commuted sentence, but rescinded order after meeting with victim's family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.