California to Send Inmates to Mich. Private Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING (AP) -- A private prison in Baldwin that closed five years ago when Michigan stopped housing youthful offenders there will soon be taking up to 2,600 California prisoners.

California prison officials have signed a $60-million-a-year contract with GEO Group Inc. to house the inmates for the next three years. The former Michigan Youth Correctional Facility 65 miles north of Grand Rapids was closed in 2005.

The state ended its use of the prison, run for six years by GEO Group, after state officials decided they could save $18 million by sending the young inmates housed at the Lake County facility to other prisons.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm welcomed the news Friday, saying on her Facebook page that it would mean more than 450 jobs.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    Is tehre any reason why the prison in standish could not have place a bid for this?
  • by Cliff Location: Charlotte on Nov 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Who oks the type of prisoner that they can bring to the Baldwin prison. Also does GEO have to pay the state any kind of tax it is a Business. They are in it to make money for themself.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    sadly if ya probably read the fine print..It wont be NEW HIRE JOBS, it will be employees already employed and possibly transferred, laid off employees from the state jobs, so I doubt it's gonna generate NEW jobs.
  • by Don Location: Bloomfield, Mi on Nov 6, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    A couple questions: What happens when their time is up. Is there an agreement in place that returns them to California or are they going to be released in our streets? Since California is broke what happens when they don't pay? Statistically California has a 40% hispanic prisoner population, no doubt many are illegal aliens. How are these prisoners going to be handled. To me this looks like Michigan is being used as a low life dumping ground. Much like the we are Canada's garbage dump. This is the peoples state, not our Governors. There are better solutions for our employment and economic problems.
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