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PRISON SPACE
(2007-05-23)
(wgvu) - ANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials want to boost bed space at
nine minimum-security prisons in Michigan so another prison can be
closed.
The Department of Corrections says the move will save ten (m)
million dollars a year. It's part of a plan to save state
government 92 (m) million dollars in the budget year that starts
October first.
The state plans to close a 1,500-inmate prison in Jackson in
July. Adding more beds at other prisons would nearly make up the
difference.
Officials will outline their proposal at a Senate subcommittee
hearing this afternoon.
The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending doesn't
like the plan to squeeze more inmates into housing units. Barbara
Levine predicts it will make overcrowding worse.
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