In Memoriam: Josephine McCallum and George Haight

This week, we are honoring two Michigan corrections officers who died in the line of duty. Josephine McCallum was murdered on March 24, 1987 at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson. Her body was found in a stairwell. She had worked for the MDOC for only 46 days. It was her first […]

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 […]

Rest in Peace, Officer McCallum and Gatekeeper Haight

In the last week of March, MCO honors two Michigan corrections officers who have died in the line of duty. George Haight, a gatekeeper, was poisoned by an inmate March 27, 1893 at the Michigan State Penitentiary in Jackson. Haight ate tainted food prepared by inmate Robert Irving Latimer. Latimer served Haight, the captain, and […]

Officer Earl DeMarse

Today is the anniversary of the death of Officer Earl DeMarse. Officer DeMarse was stabbed to death by a prisoner at Marquette Branch Prison. Earl DeMarse was a veteran Officer who served the Michigan Department of Corrections for 26 years and was stabbed 15 minutes into his shift. The photo below is of his family […]