Michigan Won't Privatize Prisons Further

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan will not privatize nearly $350 million in prisoner health care and food costs, keeping intact nearly 1,700 state workers' jobs.
State Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The Associated Press on Friday that none of three contracts out for bid would have achieved the necessary 5 percent savings as required by state rules.
Bidding out more of the prison health system could have been the largest privatization of state government services in Michigan history.
State officials also decided not to contract with companies to handle inmates' mental health care or meals.
The news will be welcome to psychologists, nurses and others who work in 32 Michigan prisons. The decision may anger Republican lawmakers demanding savings in the $2 billion corrections budget.

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  • by Scott Watkins Location: West Michigan on Mar 2, 2013 at 07:18 AM
    As a former corrections officer I see the privatization of prisons as a very scary thing. To profit from incarcerating citizens is very, very bad and a slippery slope which ultimately leads to another form of slavery, to which it is constantly compared. And considering the amount of non-violent offenders who should not and soon will no longer be incarcerated due to the miserable failure called The War on Drugs we need to cut back dramatically on incarceration and prosecution. Do we enjoy more rights than the rest of the world? Then why do we incarcerate more of our citizens than the next 3 countries combined, more than any other country in the world, including third-world countries. We need to stop and think, quickly. We are creating an army of criminal mentalities.
  • by Tammy Location: Lansing on Mar 1, 2013 at 03:05 PM
    Well the lawmakers need to bring back good time and get rid of mandatory sentencing and give judges more freedom with sentencing. GPS Tethering where the defendant has to pay to be monitor would bring money into the system instead of the state spending 25k per prisoner per year for lower clases felonies.
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