ABOUT Washtenaw Prisoner
In 2003, Michigan’s prisons were bursting
at the seams, in large part because they had become revolving
doors for criminals. Nearly half the
prisoners found themselves back in prison within three years
after their release.
Correction costs were consuming an
ever-growing share of the state’s general fund at the expense
of other vital areas, including cuts to higher education and
fewer police on the streets.
The return of investment was falling far
short in terms of public safety. We had to
find a different, better way to protect the public and
preserve limited taxpayer dollars.