Prison Overcrowding: Michigan

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Michigan’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

MDOC COSTS

  • Annual budget – $2 billion
  • Percentage of the state General Fund allocated in the 2009-2010 Budget Proposal to Corrections – 4.5%
  • Average annual cost per inmate – $32,000

MDOC STAFF and POPULATION

  • Total department active personnel – 16,324
  • Total incarcerated under MDOC jurisdiction – 50,693
  • Total number of facilities – 49
  • Escaped – 2

Organization of state divisions, view here.

THE PAROLE SYSTEM

  • Population – 17,435

OVERCROWDING QUICK FACTS

  • Three state prisons and five prison camps to be closed to save $120 million.
  • In Muskegon county, a local jail packs in 424 inmates, when the jail was meant for 370.

POINTS OF CONTACT

Michigan Department of Corrections
206 E. Michigan Ave
Grandview Plaza
PO Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-1426

Public Information Office
(517) 373-6391
correctionsinfo@michigan.gov

NEWS AND MEDIA

  • Governor Granholm wants to reduce prison population by 3,000, read more.
  • Michigan prisons to be closed, read more.
  • Speedier parole to cut prison costs, read more.

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan’s Department of Corrections

See also,

Minnesota Prison Overcrowding