Officer Kevin Ott’s atttacker convicted

The inmate who assaulted Saginaw Officer Kevin Ott was convicted today of assault with intent to commit murder and other felonies. Prisoner Daniel Derda took the stand Thursday and admitted to attacking Ott, according to MLive coverage of the trial. Ott and Officer Paul Stine were also among those who testified. Ott said his doctor […]

How did your legislators vote on the GEO bill?

After a contentious hour-long floor debate and several failed amendments, the Michigan Senate passed the GEO bill. HB 4467 amends the corrections code to allow prisoners of any security level to be housed at the privately run prison in Baldwin. The law previously allowed for Level IV and below. MCO testified against the bill during […]

Detroit Free Press reports Aramark wants more money

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Aramark is seeking an increase in its contract amount. The state has responded by bringing in another food service vendor for a cost comparison. Read about it on the Detroit Free Press website.


The Employment Relations Board sided with the state on our challenge of the RUO and CMUO classification elimination. The ERB, which is part of the Civil Service Commission, agreed with MDOC’s position that the RUO and CMUO positions were never fully developed as originally intended. The ERB held in their decision that: “Because the affected […]

MCO Report brings home awards for photos, writing

The MCO Report received five awards at the Michigan Labor Press conference May 14-17, 2015. The MCO Report won: • First Place for photographic excellence. (The winning photo in the Winter 2014 edition is at right. It shows members protesting unfair contracts.) • First Place for best photographic collage. (Winter 2014 cover.) • Second Place […]

Gov. Snyder announces criminal justice intiatives

Gov. Rick Snyder gave an outline of criminal justice successes in Michigan and plans for future reforms. Read the text of his announcement speech. Highlights of Snyder’s speech: • We shouldn’t think in terms of being weak or harsh on crime. Michigan should strive for “smart justice” that acknowledges that most people in prisons will […]

MDOC Director Daniel Heyns stepping down

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Daniel Heyns is stepping down, MCO is hearing from multiple sources. Heidi Washington, warden at Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center, will be named as his replacement. We will share more details as we have them confirmed. MCO leaders have worked with Washington in her role as a warden and […]

GEO private prison bill ekes out a win in the House

H.B. 4467 passed out of the House of Representatives Thursday by a 57-53 vote. Below are lists of how representatives voted. The first list is yeas, and the second list is nays. Click a list to enlarge it for reading.   Remember, this is the bill that would allow GEO, a private prison company, to […]

Join us in thanking corrections officers this week!

May 3-9 is Correctional Officers Week! Thank you, officers, for keeping prisons and communities safe and secure. As front line staff behind the walls, officers put their personal safety on the line for public safety. We truly believe corrections officers work Michigan’s toughest job. MCO has obtained a proclamation from the governor recognizing Correctional Officers […]