Michigan prisons

7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Taser use questioned in Michigan prisons

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The state says Tasers are used only once or twice a day statewide. Eight prison guards have been reprimanded for using the devices inappropriately but none have been fired.
Assaults on Michigan corrections officers have fallen since some began carrying Tasers 1½ years ago, but critics question whether the electronic stun guns are being misused. The number of officers assaulted on the job dipped 16%, from 688 in 2010 to 579 last year, according to a review of prison critical incident statistics by the Lansing State Journal.
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.
12:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan looks to expand education for inmates

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Goal is to reduce recidivism, make inmates more employable after parole
New Haven - Quantrez Sawyer was a security officer in Detroit three years ago, but he wasn't earning enough to live outside his mother's house and support his three children. So he robbed a suburban McDonald's and is now serving a five-year sentence at the Macomb Correctional Facility.
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
Credit AP Photo

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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SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
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State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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