State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to ban privately owned prisons or detention centers in Michigan.
Senate Bill 489, which isn’t yet online, would prohibit the state f
“Prisons should not be run for profit, and their incentives are deeply insidious and contrary to our solemn responsibility to provide justice to all,” Irwin said. “These types of facilities make money from high incarceration rates and incentivize the prison’s revolving door, rather than reducing recidivism and improving public safety.”
Michigan’s only private prison, North Lake Correctional Facility, will house non-citizens detained for immigration offenses. This spring, Florida-based GEO Group was awarded a contract from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Progressives like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) oppose the for-profit prison system, and she’s specifically called out GEO Group, as the Advance previously reported.