MCO Scholarship Applications Due April 1

As a member of MCO, your children are eligible for the MCO Scholarship Program. MCO will award 20 scholarships of $750 each. Previous MCO scholarship winners are not eligible. Applications must be mailed, and they must be postmarked by April 1st. Print an application now. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The MCO scholarship program […]

Michigan’s COVID-19 hotline now offering free, confidential, 24/7 emotional support counseling

Confidential emotional support counseling is now available at no cost to people who call the state’s COVID-19 hotline (1-888-535-6136). The service is part of a federally funded grant program implemented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) in partnership with the Michigan State Police. Callers […]

Convalescent plasma questions answered

As of Jan. 28, there have been 3,441 COVID-19 cases among MDOC staff. Many officers have inquired about how they can donate convalescent plasma in hopes of helping those with severe cases. Convalescent plasma has antibodies that help the patient by giving their immune system a boost to fight the virus. If you have tested […]

2021 Closer to Home List

The 2021 closer to home transfer list has been finalized. View the list here. There is no set time for when those on the list will be transferred. It depends on when wardens decide to fill vacancies. There are times there are carryovers from previous years because the employee(s) never transferred. Contact Stephanie Short at […]

Gun Tower Coffee supports Michigan corrections officers

Have you tried Gun Tower Coffee? A retired Michigan corrections officer started this new coffee company with COs in mind. Plus, 10% of net profits go to groups that support COs, like the MCO Crisis Fund! The retiree got the idea from his son, who is a firefighter. Firefighters drink a special brand of coffee […]

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 […]