Michigan to close 8 prison facilities

LANSING – Michigan will close three prisons – including one maximum security prison – and five minimum security camps, as part of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s plan to trim $120 million from the state budget.

 The prisons to be closed between Aug. 1 and November are:
• Standish Maximum Correctional Facility in Standish
• Muskegon Correctional Facility in Muskegon
• Hiawatha Correctional Facility in Kincheloe

The five prison camps to be closed are the last remaining minimum security camps in the corrections system. The approximately 1,600 camp inmates will be transferred to other prisons around the state, said Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.

The five camps to be closed are:
• Camp Cusino in Shingleton
• Camp Kitwen in Painesdale
• Camp Ottawa in Iron River
• Camp Lehman in Grayling
• Camp White Lake in White Lake Township (Oakland County)

Camp White Lake is the only female camp.

Marlan said the 568 inmates from the maximum security prison in Standish will be transferred either to the remaining maximum security prisons or to Level Four prisons.

 • PDF: Download a map of the prison facilities to be closed.

source: http://www.freep.com/article/20090605/NEWS06/90605034/-1/RSS07

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