Pennsylvania to send 1,000 inmates to Muskegon, none to Standish


STANDISH — Pennsylvania has decided to send 1,000 inmates to Michigan. But the inmates will not be transported to Standish Max.

“We have chosen two prisons where we are sending Pennsylvania inmates to,” said Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Deputy Press Secretary Sue Bensinger on Dec. 21. “One is in Muskegon, Mich. and the other is in Chatham, Virginia.

"We are anticipating February 2010 to begin transfers. Muskegon closely matched the PA DOC criteria," Bensinger added in an e-mail to the Independent.

She said about 1,000 inmates will be transferred to each facility.

"We had high hopes that they would come through with us," said Standish City Manager Mike Moran. "We could've brought a lot of our good citizens that worked at the prison back to the community."

"We'll continue on and look at something else, but I don't know at this time of any other options," said Arenac County Board of Commissioners Chairman Raymond Daniels. "It'll affect the city more than the county. ... But it certainly affects all of us living and working here."

Standish Max was closed by the State of Michigan on Oct. 31. At its peak operating years, it employed 350 people, making it Arenac County's largest employer.

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I think the resident of Arenac (Standish) County showed their disdane for the prison business and PA got the hint. Muskegon ws a much friendlier location. Standsish will get what they diserve, "economic disaster".

Monday, December 21, 2009 | Report this

Standish Max is a Maximum Security Prison and for those who don't know, You cannot house Minimum security prisoners at a maximum security prison. It is just not set up for it. A minimum security prison will hopuse 1200 prisoners with 35 guards. Tjis cannot be done at Standish. We were hoping for level 4 type prisoners but Pennsylvania will not let these people out of their state, so no go. No matter how much guilt michigander62 puts on the Community, it was not to be.

We were just as receptive as Muskegon and as friendly. we will avoid economic disaster and get thru this.

Monday, December 21, 2009 | Report this

I agree with michigander62. I also feel that Standish is throwing away so many opportunities to help the economy of their town. They can't solely rely on the profits of the local casino to bail them out. They need to look at the big picture, or they will become another town like Oscoda.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | Report this

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