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Senate budget plan would close two prisons

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Kevin Rosseel
Michigan ranks fourth in the nation for prisoner rehabilitation

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

The budget proposal does not specify which prisons would be closed. That would be up to the Department 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 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.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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