COVID-19 information from MCO

Below are updates from MCO concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, going back to March 31. For more information and the latest updates, dues-paying members may join our Facebook group. For the latest count of how many MDOC staff and inmates have been diagnosed with COVID-19, visit this post from the MDOC. Thank you, Corrections Officers and […]

Cooper Street officer opens up about how he survived COVID-19

A Cooper Street officer made a miraculous recovery from COVID-19 last month. “I was OK, then it got worse. Next thing I remember, I woke up in the hospital and the ventilator was coming off,” Jermaine Ross said. Less than two months ago, Ross was a 40-year-old father of two who loved to run and […]

A look back at our advocacy this year and our priorities for 2021

MCO Members, As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, it continues to create extremely hazardous and stressful working conditions inside of all of the state prisons and the state forensic psychiatry hospital. As we all know, the pandemic conditions have been made even worse by the extremely high number of vacancies in our ranks. Simply put, […]

In Memoriam: Officer Jack Budd

Jack Budd was murdered at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson on Dec. 27, 1987. It was 33 years ago this week. An inmate, armed with a weapon, came out of a shower area and stabbed Budd while he was checking ID cards. Budd and other officers subdued the inmate. Budd passed away […]

Congratulations to our 2020 Crisis Fund Raffle Winners

The 2020 MCO Crisis Fund Gun Raffle was held today at the MCO central office in Lansing. Listed below is the information provided on the winning tickets. The winners are: 1st: Shane Rennells, JCF 2nd: Ryan Palm, MBP 3rd: Chuck Santure, LCF 4th: Kik, JCF 5th: Richard Reza, RMI 6th: J. Counselor, MCF/LRF 7th: Travis, […]

Get your 2020 Crisis Fund Raffle Tickets!

Interested in buying tickets for this year’s Crisis Fund Gun Raffle? MCO chapter leaders have raffle tickets for sale now! Prizes are: 1st Prize: $1,000 cash 2nd Prize: Centerpoint By Ten Point Crossbow CP400 w/illuminated scope (Camo) 3rd Prize: AR/Smith and Wesson M&P15 SPORT II (5.56) 4th Prize: Henry Golden Boy (22S/L/LR) 5th Prize: Ruger […]

DRC Closure Meetings this Thursday

Members at DRC and DDC are encouraged to join MCO leaders to discuss the closure. We will answer questions and give everyone a packet explaining your options and the closure process. These meetings are come-and-go; you don’t need to stay for the entire time. DRC members who are temporarily reassigned to JCF, MRF, ARF, and […]

2021 MDOC Budget Update

Last week, the governor signed off on a FY 2020-2021 corrections budget that totals approximately $2.06 billion. This includes $13.9 million for training new custody staff.  This budget contains boilerplate language directing the MDOC to recruit and train an additional 700 corrections officers. Unfortunately, one of the outcomes of the budget will be the closure of […]

Apply for the 2021 Closer to Home Transfer List Now

October 1st through the 31st is the Closer to Home Transfer application window period. Please refer to this DOM, specifically B. that states in part: “Closer-to-Home Transfer: this category of transfer will be awarded after seniority transfers, but before all other transfer requests. Up to 40 transfers per calendar year will be approved for employees […]

Rest in peace, Officer DeMarse

Marquette Officer Earl DeMarse passed away 47 years ago today. DeMarse, an officer with 26 years of experience, was about 15 minutes into his shift when he was stabbed several times. An ambulance was called, but DeMarse died while en route to a hospital.  His killer was sentenced to life in prison, and he is […]