Category Archives: Corrections

FCC votes to cap prison and jail phone call rates



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


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


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

Kinross Prison

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


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