As prisoners get moved, corrections officers receive no news

Left in the dark


STANDISH — Corrections officers at the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility (SMF) are still dutifully reporting to work daily, but how long they’ll hold their jobs or where they’ll be transferred when a closure date is officially announced is still unknown.

"The officers bump region for SMF includes our facilities in Saginaw and St. Louis," said an e-mail from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Public Information Officer Russ Marlan. "For the rest of the employees it will depend on what they individually selected in their specific employee preference plan."

Originally slated to close July 26, then delayed to Oct. 1, and now to-be-announced, SMF is still operating, although the inmate makeup is different.

“We’re still moving out the maximum security prisoners, but we still have minimum security prisoners,” Birkett said. “They’re (prisoners moved out) going to other maximum security facilities.”

According to Birkett, the Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility, Marquette Branch Prison and Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility are the destinations for max security inmates bussed out of Standish.

Marlan says the prison is still sitting on the state’s chopping block, but says a set-in-stone date for shuttering the prison has not been established yet.

“We (MDOC) don't have a closure date yet. … We are not having second thoughts, just doing all we can to find another potential user for the facility and keep the employees working. We discuss this issue and reevaluate this situation every week,” Marlan said in an e-mail sent to the Independent on Sept. 11. “If we are unable to find an entity to utilize the facility and set a closure date, our Human Resource folks will begin the formal process of developing bump chains and attempting to find potential work locations for affected staff.”

Birkett explained what will happen to employees of the prison when a closure date is finally established.

“There’s a formal process where letters are given out and it gives staff information on where they’re going to,” Birkett said. “It gives them a certain number of days to accept it and explains their other options.”

The warden also says no other site visits have been pursued by any groups looking to purchase the facility.

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Meanwhile in the life of the corrections officer in limbo: kids have started school, leases that were broken due to the closure announcement have caused people to relocate in the area, voulentary transfers are placed on hold, positions that were once available are now filled by other closing facilities. Last but not least the rumors fly and the stress levels are raised even higher. Thank you MDOC for taking care of your employees. I guess the highest evaluated prison in the state wasn't as marketable as you thought.

Taken from Aug18,2009

Susan McNaughton, with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, released this statement late Tuesday:

The Pennsylvania DOC is overcrowded to the point where it is in the process of building four new prisons and adding additional housing at its prisons. We have arrangements with several counties in Pennsylvania to house state prison inmates. We will continue to work with other PA counties to do the same. Another option for us would be to house inmates in other state DOCs, but those are just options. No formal conversations or negotiations have taken place about this issue.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 | Report this

That's Fascinating.....

A perfect opportunity to save jobs, and Jenny Granholm's in Tokyo??????

Monday, September 14, 2009 | Report this

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