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 […]

2019-2020 MDOC budget update

On Sept. 30, Governor Whitmer signed all 16 state budgets for fiscal year 2020.  Governor Whitmer used her executive powers to issue line-item vetoes of 147 budget items totaling $947 million, deeming dozens of other provisions in the budget unenforceable. The governor issued a press release outlining her disappointment in the budgets she received from the […]

“This job changes someone.” NBC News covers corrections staff stress in series about prisons

Watch this powerful interview with Cary Johnson about the stress corrections staff face. It’s part of a larger look this week by NBC News at our country’s criminal justice system. Tune in to NBC Nightly News, Today, and Dateline this week for more stories. A few years ago, a national news network would have overlooked […]