Category Archives: Corrections

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

Chippewa County prison dealing with 17 assaults in past week

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At the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, 17 assaults have taken place over the past week.

The Michigan Department of Corrections said the assaults stemmed from a July 20th fight, that led to a series of altercations throughout the week. Continue reading

Michigan ends Aramark prison food services deal

jail2 11-08-13Michigan and its controversial prison food services supplier, Aramark, are parting ways.

Aramark was only halfway through the three-year, 145 million dollar agreement. But it was plagued with problems such as maggots in kitchen areas, and inappropriate contact between Aramark workers and inmates. Continue reading

Lawmakers: Health departments should inspect prison kitchens

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.

Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections. Continue reading

Bill to compensate wrongfully convicted inmates moves forward

prison 11-26-13Legislation to compensate people who are wrongly imprisoned in Michigan is moving forward at the state Capitol.

A state House committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to give wrongfully convicted inmates $60,000 for every year they were imprisoned, plus damages. Continue reading

Police, corrections take biggest cuts in budget-balancing plans

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor Rick Snyder’s budget-cutting order looks mostly to reductions in State Police, corrections, and health care spending as a first step toward retiring a deficit.
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Continuing incidents by Aramark employees remain an issue

prison 11-26-13Problems continue to mount for Aramark Correctional Services as it reaches the one year mark in it’s contract to handle food services at Michigan prisons.

Since Aramark took over food services at the state’s prisons, the company has dismissed an average of eleven employees a month. Continue reading

Prison reform activists see opportunity in “lame duck” for legislative overhaul

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Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session. Continue reading

Snyder stands by Aramark contract, says problems are being fixed

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Governor Rick Snyder is standing by the state’s contract with a private prison food vendor. That’s despite a report this week that an Aramark employee has been charged with smuggling heroin and other drugs into the state prison in Saint Louis. That’s on top of earlier instances of inappropriate contact between Aramark employees and inmates and food shortages in some prisons.

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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

prison 11-26-13Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.

The audit shows the Michigan Department of Corrections failed to identify prisoners who qualify for federal assistance to take classes. And it says the department didn’t assess the programs to make sure they’re effective.
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