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
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
Michigan’s juvenile justice system will be getting an overhaul in an effort to improve outcomes for youths.
Michigan was one of four states selected by the National Governors Association to examine ways to improve the juvenile justice system.
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.
Michigan 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.
Inmates in the Saginaw County jail will no longer be sporting familiar orange jumpsuits. Continue reading
The company that has been supplying Michigan’s Prisons with food for six months has been warned that if it doesn’t solve its problems its contract could be terminated.