Tag Archives: Michigan

Audits: Prison vendor charged for unserved meals

From the article: “A private vendor in line to begin feeding roughly 100,000 prison inmates in Ohio and Michigan has a track record of billing for food it doesn’t serve, using substandard ingredients and riling prisoners with its meal offerings, past audits in several states show.”

So that makes me feel optimistic about how it’s going to go in Ohio…

Read more here.

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Mich. Department of Corrections works to offer higher education opportunities to some inmates

“We want to build the evidence that investment in postsecondary education is a cost-effective intervention and a wise use of public dollars,” said Fred Patrick of the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, nonprofit research and policy group.

“We also want to show it succeeds at reducing recidivism, supports families and contributes to the economic base of communities.”

Read more here.

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Michigan contracts private firm for prison food services

From the article: “The Michigan Department of Corrections said Tuesday it will contract out food services at the state’s 31 prisons to a private vendor, cutting 373 jobs and reversing its earlier decision that the bids did not meet minimum savings requirements.”

Ohio is in the same consideration process.  Bids have closed, but it’s looking like Ohio prisons’ food services will also be privatized soon.  We’ll see.
Read more here.
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MI: Inmate runs porn business from jail cell

From the article: “For 18 months, Francis Sharrak was able to manage his internet porn and strip club business using a laptop computer and a telephone from jail.  Sharrak was awaiting sentencing on federal tax evasion charges.  Serving as his own lawyer, Sharrak asked for a computer to prepare his arguments, and they gave him one.”

Read more here.

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States Report Reductions in Recidivism

Report from the Council of State Governments that highlights Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oregon for their reductions in recidivism rates.  Ohio has one of the most notable, with an 11 point drop.  Given Ohio’s sentencing reform in 2011 (HB 86), recidivism is expected to drop even lower, as inmates are funneled toward evidence-based programming based on their risk level and criminogenic needs.

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MI: More ex-cons killing after leaving prison

From the article: “An increasing number of former Michigan convicts are killing people after getting out of prison, a problem that the state Department of Corrections and its employees union blame on each other, a newspaper reported Sunday.”

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Inmate’s suicide leads to firing of Kalamazoo County Jail deputy, documents show

Article regarding the firing of an officer following the suicide of an inmate at a jail because the officer did not complete his thirty minute rounds.  Often, no matter how well trained officers are, rounds (and/or the documentation of rounds) are overlooked.  If an inmate is truly committed, can consistent rounds effectively stop suicides or is it more a defense to litigation?

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Over 200 Prisoners Freed From Oakland County Jail

“Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says releasing 228 prisoners from the overcrowded Oakland County Jail could have been avoided if judges had used alternative sentencing.”

Read more: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/08/24/over-200-prisoners-freed-from-oakland-county-jail/

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Commentary: The case for privatizing Michigan prisons

“Most people working in Michigan either have their own business or are employed by a private company. Yet when it comes to involving private businesses providing services to the public sector – say, running prisons – in any new way, the alarms start going off.

Why is that?

The easy answer is that people are unaccustomed to change in how government services are provided. Another major reason is that those working in the public sector are concerned that they will lose their jobs. These are legitimate concerns, but not necessarily valid when everything is considered.

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Whistle-blower: State isn’t supervising dangerous parolees and probationers

“An ex-con who consistently tested positive for drugs while on parole is now charged in a double homicide in Flint — the latest example in a series of high-profile crimes committed by parolees and probationers who are under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Corrections.”

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20120812/NEWS03/308120243/Whistle-blower-State-isn-t-supervising-dangerous-parolees-and-probationers

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