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

7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

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

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