Security at Michigan prisons has apparently gotten weaker in the six weeks since food service operations were handed over to a private contractor.
The U.S. Marshals Service is moving about 200 federal prisoners out of Wayne County’s two downtown Detroit jails, which have poor building conditions.
One person will have the say as to whether there was criminal activity over the $91 million cost overrun of the Wayne County Jail.
The unfinished downtown Wayne County Jail is in limbo.
With construction suspended for running millions over budget, Wayne County Exec Bob Ficano is now recommending walking away from the downtown Detroit jail project.
Work on a new jail in downtown Detroit will cease for 60 days while Wayne County officials look into projected costs overruns for the facility.
Potential cost overruns, lack of financing and a state jail, are all reasons why the $200 million project might be scrapped.
State officials reversed themselves Tuesday in deciding to hire a private company to prepare food for Michigan’s 44,000 prisoners, saying they originally misjudged a plan that would actually save the state about $16 million.
A former sheriff’s deputy in Michigan who authorities say stole a prescription pain reliever from a jail while on duty has been sentenced to a year of probation.
A 54-year-old Lansing jail detention officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with an assault on an inmate.