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 […]

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 […]

BULLETIN: MDOC announces the closure of Detroit Reentry Center

MDOC has announced the closure of the Detroit Reentry Center, tentatively scheduled for January 2021. MCO leaders were notified this afternoon. DRC’s closure will be part of a budget deal, according to the MDOC’s announcement. “The 2020-21 state budget will include a $12.3 million spending cut for the MDOC related to this closure,” their announcement […]

Push back against MDOC’s understaffing – Informational pickets scheduled for Detroit, Jackson, Marquette

For several years, Michigan prisons have been mismanaged by the Department of Corrections administration, resulting in dangerous working conditions for Corrections Officers that the MDOC is unwilling or unable to correct. Michigan Corrections Organization is working to educate the public and legislators on the working conditions inside state prisons. As part of this campaign, we […]

Informational Picket in Muskegon on Friday, Aug. 28 will shine spotlight on unsafe staffing levels

The Muskegon Correctional Facility and the Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon are prime examples of state prisons in Michigan that have unsafe Corrections Officer staffing levels. For a period of years, these and many other state prisons in Michigan have been mismanaged by the Michigan Department of Corrections. This has resulted in dangerous working conditions […]