Politics & Government
11:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Reporter details juvenile offenders’ lawsuit alleging prison rapes

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From 2003 to 2013, Michigan prosecuted over 20,000 juvenile offenders as adults. Advocates for juvenile justice reform say youth housed in adult prisons are at a much greater risk for sexual abuse and suicide than the adult prison population. And while there is now a sight and sound barrier between juvenile offenders and the adult prison population, that wasn’t always the case. The state is now facing allegations from seven former juvenile offenders that they were sexually abused by both other prisoners and prison staff while housed in those facilities.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7'

Jackson's Ella Sharp Museum has partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections to open a museum in Cell Block 7 of the state prison there.
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At the Southern Michigan Prison near Jackson, Cell Block 7 housed thousands of inmates beginning in the 1930s.  Prisoners had been convicted of crimes ranging from liquor law violations to murder. Soon, that same cell block will be transformed into a museum that tells Jackson’s story as perhaps Michigan’s best known correctional center, which at one time was the largest walled prison in the world.

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4:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State prisoner reentry program looks to address unemployment

Russ Marlan of the MDOC says that they have about 43,500 prisoners in Michigan's 31 correction facilities. Releases vary from around 9,000 to 10,000 a year.
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Inmates who leave Michigan prisons at the end of their sentences need an array of support services to help them successfully reenter society. The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative was created in 2003 to fulfill that goal. The program has done quite well in the years since, but the state is still seeking ways to improve. The Michigan Department of Corrections is asking service providers to help enhance the post-prison experience for those who’ve served their time.

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3:33 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

MSU, MDOC join forces for prisoner health

Dr. Marsha Rappley says many inmates will age in prison, and without a preventive focus, their health will get worse.
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Michigan State University officials have announced a plan to help out the state’s 43,000 prisoners. The university’s College of Human Medicine will collaborate with the Michigan Department of Corrections in an effort to share the school’s expertise and resources toward promoting prisoner health.

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5:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Muslims In Michigan Prisons Will Get Halal Meals Under Settlement With State

Thousands of Muslim inmates in Michigan will have access to meals that comply with their religious beliefs.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution

Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five were exonerated years after their incarceration.
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On the night of April 19, 1989, a young white woman was raped in Central Park and left for dead. New York City was outraged by the crime. The next day police arrested 5 Black and Latino teenagers, and the media frenzy began.

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4:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Michigan Rejects Bids For Private Prison

The state won’t move about a thousand inmates to a privately run prison in northern Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The potential costs of privatizing Michigan's prison system

The privatization of prison services has a less-than flattering track record in many states across the U.S.
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Michigan spends $2 billion annually on its prison system. That’s slightly more than one-fifth of the state’s general fund, according to a 2012 House Fiscal Agency report.  In order to whittle down the size of the prison system’s financial burden, Michigan lawmakers have been looking at private companies to provide services.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Current State #5 | January 18, 2013

The Dream Act is a part of what many are proposing as part of comprehensive immigration reform.
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On today's Current State:  Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

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9:06 am
Fri May 25, 2012

State Shakes Up Prisons Around Michigan

The state Department of Corrections plans to close two prisons and convert one of them to a holding facility for alleged parole violators.

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6:31 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

MI Prison Owner GEO Faced Problems in Other States

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A private company that a federal investigation found allowed "a cesspool" of conditions to exist at a Mississippi youth prison could be in line to oversee Michigan inmates.

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