Snyder predicts that effective use of MPRI could save the state $51 million. According to the department of corrections, there are 44,000 prisoners across the state of Michigan. Currently there are 8,000 prisoners who have served their minimum sentence and are eligible for parole, with the decline in population the department predicts the closure of one facility later this year. The closure would save the state an estimated $ 18.9 million. The State Parole board will reduce from it's current 14 members back to 10, members are to be appointed by director Richard McKeon.
The outline recommends savings through the reduction of Lieutenant positions at all prison complexes. The reduction in management positions would save the state $8.5 million. Snyder said he would seek to privatize the food service and prison store operations and identified $3.6 million in savings through the elimination of the public works program, office consolidation and various contract savings. Mel Grieshaber, the executive director of the Michigan Corrections Organization, which represents about 7,900 corrections officers. Grieshaber relied his plans concerns over the privatization plans the The Detroit News "We don't trust contractors and vendors coming into the prison setting, it's a threat to safety and security".
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