Department of Corrections

How Michigan became a success story for prisoner college programs

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: Pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

How many Michigan prison workers have been vaccinated? The state doesn’t know.

BY: - July 14, 2021

As of Tuesday, about 63% of the 32,732 inmates housed in Michigan correctional facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — which is higher than the state average of 57.1%. That was made possible by a coordinated state effort, according to Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) spokesperson Chris Gautz. But as for how many of the […]

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra thinks of the future, she thinks of hope.  She thinks of sweeping, systemic change. Ra, a racial justice and environmental activist from Detroit, thinks of no one having to go through what she did: being sentenced to two years in prison when she was six months pregnant and delivering a baby in […]

Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say 

BY: - February 17, 2021

A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the 33,000 people incarcerated in state prisons.  “Prioritizing who in Michigan gets the COVID-19 vaccine and when they get it must be guided by public health policies,” said […]

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE

BY: - July 13, 2020

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative has graded Michigan’s response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak as a “D-,” although all other states besides Tennessee are ranked even lower than Michigan. The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is pushing back hard against the report. A spokesperson says a good score would be virtually impossible […]

State agencies partner on returning citizen initiative

BY: - June 25, 2020

The Michigan Department of State (DOS) and the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) this week announced a joint initiative to help those released from prison with a driver license or state ID. “For formerly incarcerated individuals, obtaining ID is one of the biggest obstacles they face, and it’s also the first hurdle they have to […]

Baldwin prison confirms 1st inmate COVID-19 death

BY: - June 1, 2020

North Lake Correctional Facility, the private, for-profit immigrant prison in rural Baldwin that has been plagued by hunger strikes and other controversies in the eight months since it opened, has confirmed its first inmate death due to COVID-19. The death appeared on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) website on Friday. A spokesperson for GEO […]

Michigan's Department of Corrections

State completes testing all prisoners for COVID-19

BY: - May 24, 2020

The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) also issued an update on its large-scale COVID-19 testing efforts. Starting mid-April, the DOC partnered with the Michigan National Guard to test every prisoner at the state’s six prisons in the Upper Peninsula. After concluding that process in just five days, the department turned to Michigan’s lower peninsula on […]

DOC: Michigan will soon be 1st state to test all prisoners for COVID-19

BY: - May 19, 2020

By Friday, the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) says that the Great Lakes state could be the first in the nation to test every single prisoner at its state-owned correctional facilities for COVID-19. “Right now we’ve tested about 31,000 prisoners — and in Michigan right now, we have about 36,500 [total]. So just about 5,000 […]

Michigan reports almost 52K COVID-19 cases, 5K deaths

BY: - May 18, 2020

Michigan has nearly 52,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 5,000 deaths as of Monday at 3 p.m., according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The state reported that 773 new cases have been added to the count since Sunday, for a total of 51,915.  DHHS notes that 513 of these cases are […]

Michigan now has more than 50K COVID-19 cases

BY: - May 15, 2020

Michigan crossed the 50,000 COVID-19 case threshold on Friday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A comparatively small increase of 497 cases have been added to the count since Thursday, for a total of 50,079 cases. In recent weeks, Michigan has steadily remained in the top 10 states for most […]

National Guard to test 7,500 U.P. prisoners for COVID-19 by Saturday

BY: - May 4, 2020

Starting Monday, the Michigan National Guard is stepping in to help the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) test inmates for COVID-10 at all six of the Upper Peninsula’s state prisons in just six days. The U.P. correctional facilities have, so far, seen few tests. As of Sunday evening, just 108 tests had been done between […]