We’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.
The state is investigating a fight and a stabbing that occurred Monday at a Chippewa County prison.
An inmate fight at the Kinross Prison injured a female guard who tried to break up the altercation. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Corrections faces a US Justice Department lawsuit that alleges sex discrimination against female guards at the state’s only prison for women.
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
The number of drug overdose deaths in Michigan rose by 14% in 2014. That’s according to data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to ramp up efforts in the coming year to recruit more women to work in prisons.
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
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
Two public health researchers have been awarded a nearly seven-million dollar grant to explore ways to reduce suicide rates among people who have been recently released from jail. Continue reading
Michigan would stop automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults under new bills in the state House.
Michigan would release more inmates on parole under bills approved by the state House on Thursday.
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.
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
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
There may have to be some changes made to Michigan’s sentencing laws following a recent state Supreme Court decision.
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
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