Prisons

Breaking: 3 staffers at Baldwin immigrant prison test positive for COVID-19

Updated, 5:53 p.m. with Monday's numbers for the Milan facility. Three employees at a federal immigrant prison in Baldwin have tested positive for COVID-19, the...

‘All lives matter’: Activists want more prisoners freed as COVID-19 spreads

Updated, 11:16 a.m., 4/13/20 COVID-19 has found its way into the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC), impacting staff and incarcerated individuals alike. There have been 391...

New: Hunger strike at Baldwin immigrant prison enters 5th day

A group of at least 10 inmates at Michigan’s only private, for-profit immigrant prison are on day five of a hunger strike to protest...

Susan J. Demas: How bad is the budget? Experts say Michigan...

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to skyrocketing unemployment and bred an almost-certain recession, nationwide and in Michigan. Recessions lead to budget shortfalls, which means...

Stephanie Chang: We must protect our most vulnerable during this crisis

To say this is a challenging time would be a massive understatement. As a social worker turned public servant, I look at issues through a...

Here’s the surprising way Michigan is tracking COVID-19 cases in prisons

Those who have been regularly tuning in to Michigan’s daily statewide tally of COVID-19 cases and deaths know the drill by now: Around 3...

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from...

WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s more people than there are living in major U.S. cities like Phoenix...

Whitmer signs order protecting prisoners, allows some released early during COVID-19...

After the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) reported 77 cases of COVID-19 within correctional facilities as of Sunday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive...

State halts prison, juvenile justice facility visits indefinitely amid coronavirus outbreak

In-person visits at Michigan’s prisons were discontinued Friday until further notice — and as of Saturday, that new policy extends to juvenile correctional facilities and...

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted...

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