Corrections Department Predicts Layoffs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

About 100 state prison workers could be laid off when two Michigan prisons close later this year.
The Detroit News reports that the number was presented by Corrections Department finance chief Barry Wickman during testimony Thursday before a state Senate appropriations subcommittee in Lansing.
The prisons closing in June are in Coldwater and Muskegon. Each prison has 140 officers and hundreds of other employees.
The budget subcommittee has recommended at least $75 million in prison cuts on top of $60 million recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder. The Corrections Department has a budget of about $2 billion.
Corrections union leader Mel Grieshaber says he expects some layoffs but is unsure that 100 is a realistic number.


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  • by Terry Location: Kinney on May 5, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    Closing many of Michigan prison's is Long overdue and if layoff's of there C/O's is a result then so be it. I personnaly witnessed C/O's standing in groups of 5 to 7 drinking coffee and telling war stories when they should have been working to keep staff and prisoners safer. It was always laughable to watch them "scatter" when they seen a Sgt. or Capt. enter there field of vision. Prisons should be downsized even more and non-violent prisoners released, there not JOB SECURITY for correctional employees, hundreds of these men were assets to society prior to there minor crimes and will be again. Michigan does not need prisons scattered throughout the entire state and the constant transferring of prisoners is ludicrous and to costly to tax payers. I have no sympathy for "lay off" employees or prison closures. It is long over due. More should be spent on rehabilative programming and education for prisoners not on prison politicking. Learn to do like the "real world" Do MORE WITH LESS... Maybe I will meet a few of these LAY OFF C/O's in the unemployment line and we can chat some more as they to learn to struggle finding a real job. The gravy train is dryong up for the DOC and I applaud it's arrival.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    Were all the prisons needed in the first place?Closing some will answer that question.Just more job loss.I don't see our upper gov ones making all that money taking pay cuts.It sounds like schools are going no where also.They need to raise the tax on booze as they did tobacco.No way.that would make money for the state.Where are the jobs needed in this state.So many questions but all we get are lies for answers.How many can they track that just aren't working in mich any more.The homeless,the ones on social services,unemployment.How many more jobs are being lost to closings?Still gas prices & other prices going up.Makes no sense when so many can't pay or afford.
  • by j Location: j-town on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    this is bull---- I dont have a pension i dont ask for nothing i am just sick and tired that every year i have to look over my shoulder to make sure that i still have a job every year, show me one job that has to worry abut there job like i do as a state worker to think i have to worry about getting shanked all day and every year i have to worry about my job
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      by JB on Apr 18, 2011 at 05:46 AM in reply to j
      The only shank u will have to worry about will be the one the GOOD GOV. has in his hand the same one he is going to put into everyone in corrections back ...Corrections is going to be one hell of a place to work when he gets done with us..GOOD LUCK BROTHER.
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