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From privatizing prison food services to privatizing whole prisons?


LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Privatizing prison food services in Michigan for cost savings is one thing. Now state officials reportedly will look at doing the same for an entire facility. It’s under discussion as the movement speeds ahead to control Michigan’s $2 billion corrections budget. Up to 400 state workers have their employment in limbo with the impending takeover of prison food services this fall. State budget spokesperson Kurt Weiss told the Detroit News that accurately comparing state with private costs is proving highly complex when considering privatizing up to 900 prison beds as proposals will be searched out later this year. Any movement toward such an arrangement will draw wary eyes from Coldwater, which has already seen its state prison building complex shrink through the years from 3 operations down to the current stand alone Lakeland Men’s Correctional facility.