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New Budget Plan Would Shut Down Some Michigan Prisons

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Two prisons would close under a plan adopted by a state Senate budget subcommittee

The budget proposal does not specify which prisons would be closed.  That would be up to theDepartment of Corrections.  The proposal also calls for the state to lease a privately owned prison in the northern Michigan town of Baldwin that’s currently used to house out-of-state inmates.  The move is a response to a decline in the number of prison inmates. 

The plan is not supported by Governor Rick Snyder’s administration.  The state corrections director says her plan is to continue to close housing units within corrections facilities to save money while continuing to focus on education and job training to reduce re-offending.  But she also says this is still early in the budget process, and there’s time to work with state lawmakers on a final budget.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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