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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
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
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
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.
Michigan would release more inmates on parole under bills approved by the state House on Thursday.
The 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.
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
Michigan 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
Michigan improperly spent $1.7 million on health care for former inmates. That’s according to a new audit that tracked payments between October 2011 and April 2014.
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
Legislation 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
Prisoner advocates are applauding a new version of legislation to overhaul parole in Michigan.
A recent report could serve as a blueprint for overhauling the state corrections system and saving taxpayers money. It aligns with Governor Rick Snyder’s plans to save money on prisons, not winning support from the Legislature is a different story.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that will allow a private corrections company to accept inmates who’ve been security risks at other prisons at a facility in northern Michigan. Continue reading
Law enforcement groups and prisoner advocates alike are criticizing a bill meant to make it easier for some inmates to get out on parole.
A state House panel on Tuesday will consider making it easier for some low-level inmates to get out on parole.
A Twelve-point-five million dollar jail construction project in Wexford County may be put on hold. Continue reading
Heidi Washington. Photo Credit: Gov. Rick Snyder’s office.
The state’s top prison official is stepping down to take another position in the Snyder Administration in July.
People who were wrongfully convicted would be entitled to 60 thousand dollars for each year they spent in prison under legislation unveiled today, May, 7th 2015 at the state Capitol. Continue reading
Governor 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.
A new commission will be tasked with finding ways to cut Michigan’s prison spending without compromising public safety. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Monday creating the panel.
Problems 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