Category Archives: Corrections

Smart911 to be implemented statewide

911d995c3f544c56beea5d16133c50ef911 calls made from cell phones can now include user profiles with important information, thanks to a program called Smart911.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced says the state will provide two-million dollars to make the technology available to dispatch centers across the state.

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Anti-Trump protests at CMU is large, peaceful

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Credit: CMU

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show their opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University Tuesday roughly 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests.

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Police are investigating the death of an inmate in the Isabella county jail

Isabella county police say when the 30 year old man was discovered in his cell he was not breathing.

Corrections staff say they administered CPR and contacted 911.

The inmate had been arrested for possession of Heroin and Opiates.

Police say the investigation into the death is continuing.

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.

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New study shows Michigan corrections officers suffer from PTSD, depression symptoms

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Michigan corrections officers have a greater chance than the general population of having PPTSD or depression. That’s the finding of a new study.

A study conducted for the Michigan Corrections Organization shows that 34% of corrections officers have PTSD symptoms. 36% have symptoms of depression. Continue reading

Juvenile lifers reflect on what Supreme Court decision means for their future

DSC_0284With its ruling the Supreme court has determined that minors given life sentences before 2012 can now seek a review of their cases and make a bid for early release.

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FCC votes to cap prison and jail phone call rates

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PAUL J. RICHARDS AFP/Getty Images

A federal proposal to cap prison and jail phone call rates could receive final approval next month.

Currently, Michigan inmates pay an average of 20 cents per minute for phone calls. Under the proposal, that would be nearly cut in half, to 11 cents per minute. Continue reading

Northern michigan prison reopens to replace closing corrections facility

Hiawatha reopens to replace Kinross. Officials say the move will save approximately $2 million.

Hiawatha reopens to replace Kinross. Officials say the move will save approximately $2 million.

A closed prison will reopen in northern Michigan to take on Inmates and employees from an adjacent corrections facility which is scheduled to shut down due to high upgrade costs. Continue reading

Michigan would stop charging, imprisoning 17-year-olds as adults under bills

State Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and other bill sponsors unveil legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile justice system in Michigan.

State Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and other bill sponsors unveil legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile justice system in Michigan.

Michigan would stop automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults under new bills in the state House.
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Compensation for wrongful imprisonment clears state Senate panel

jailThe state would compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday.

People found to be innocent after serving time would get $60,000 for every year they were incarcerated.

Senate Bill 291 now goes to the full state Senate.

Similar legislation cleared a state House panel earlier this year, but House Bill 4536 has since stalled on the House floor.

6th Circuit: Federal booking photos are public

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A federal appeals court says criminal booking photos may be embarrassing, but, for now at least, they are available to the public.

The Detroit Free Press in 2012 filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the booking photos of 17 police officers facing federal corruption and civil rights charges. Continue reading

Northern Michigan jail is upgrading its health care program

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The Osceola County Jail has launched a new health care system provided by Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

Under the program, a nurse is at the jail 40-hours a week and a doctor will be available one day a week. Continue reading