Michigan corrections costs remain high, despite drop in inmate and staffing

Feb 14, 2013
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State Senator John Proos says prisons should competitively bid prison services such as food and health care.

Source: Freep

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.

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