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Wed February 24, 2010
House panel discusses details of PA prisoners
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – New details about the Pennsylvania prisoners being brought to stay in a Muskegon prison were discussed Tuesday at the state Capitol. The prisoners were quietly transferred from Pennsylvania to Michigan last week.
Corrections officials told a panel of lawmakers that the prisoners selected to come to Michigan from Pennsylvania are in good health, are medium-security, and have few visitors.
Democratic state Representative Andrew Kandrevas chairs the subcommittee. He says it will be important for the inmates to have video chat available, not only so they can talk to family, but also with their lawyers.
"I would hate to have people that were in an appeals process, or were in some kind of grievance process against the Pennsylvania corrections system - those be the gentlemen that are targeted to move to Michigan," Kandrevas says.
Pennsylvania and Michigan have a five-year corrections contract.