Senate committee votes to close two Michigan prisons

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A senate budget subcommittee has approved closing two Michigan prisons and housing some of their inmates in a privately run facility instead.

A spending bill estimates almost $47 million in annual savings.

It does not specify which two of Michigan’s 31 prisons would be closed.

The amount saved would be offset by the $31 million cost of leasing the privately owned correctional facility in Lake County.

Several units within Michigan prisons have already been closed this year to save costs.

The motion by the committee, however, has a long way to go before it takes effect. It would need to be approved by the whole Senate, the Michigan House of Representatives, and signed by Governor Rick Snyder.

The state budget should be finished in June.

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