Michigan prison scheduled for closure for a second time

Posted on: February 22nd, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

For the second time in a year, employees and residents whose livelihoods depend upon the Muskegon Correctional Facility are facing news that the prison will be shuttered.

The prison was slated for complete shut down a year ago as part of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s budget plans, but it received a reprieve after Pennsylvania decided to rent the facility and place over 1000 inmates under Michigan’s care.

But now, The Muskegon Chronicle reports, Pennsylvania says the deal is over and it will move its 1,100 prisoners back to the Keystone state within six months. That means 200 jobs will go with the prisoners, who were expected to have stayed until 2013.

“It just happened so quick, I’m still kind of in a state of shock, just like the prisoner population, just like the staff,” Warden Michael Curley said Monday.

Muskegon county officials are eying the facility as a possible location for a county jail.

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