Public Safety Budget Highlights

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A key role of government is to ensure that its citizens are safe and protected.

Residents and businesses deserve a government that provides for the safety of the public.  Currently, Michigan houses four of the top ten most violent cities in the nation. We must work to decrease the overall crime rate in our communities. The proposed budget makes a strong investment in public safety by recommending funding to specific areas inside the Michigan State Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs, among others.
Please note that in March, the Governor will present a special message on public safety, with key reforms to create a safer Michigan.

Law Enforcement: Michigan State Police
The Executive Budget Recommends:

  • Adding a total of $47 million in general funds for Michigan State Police (MSP), an increase of 16 percent over the current year.
    • This will fund core programs including road patrol, motor carrier enforcement, investigative services, emergency management, homeland security, secondary road patrol grant funding, and funding for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. 
    • This will back improved enforcement of tobacco tax laws with multi-agency support between MSP, Treasury, and Attorney General.
  • Providing $3.2 million in general funds for additional staffing within Forensic Sciences for MSP.
    • This will reduce the number of days it takes to process forensic tests for criminal investigations.
  • Reserving an additional $15 million in general funds for law enforcement enhancements.
    • This is to be detailed in the Governor's Special Message on Public Safety in March.
  • Increased funding for mental health courts by $1 million.

Criminal Justice:  Michigan Department of Corrections
The Executive Budget Recommends:

  • $1.6 billion to operate a safe and secure prison system that currently houses 43,000 prisoners.
  • $357 million in funding for supervision of parolees and felony probationers
    • This will fund community programs that provide cost-effective, local alternatives to incarceration in the State's prison system.
  • An additional $4.5 million in general funds for the Department of Corrections.
    • As part of a statewide public safety initiative to reduce crime, this investment will provide critical assistance to help fund immediate jail space needs in high crime areas.  The funding will be utilized by selected counties to purchase jail space from other counties that have available space.
  • Allotting $19.7 million in state restricted funds to enhance safety inside the state's prisons.
    • Fund will be used to update staff personal protection systems, facility security cameras, and cell phone detection equipment.  Investment in this equipment will reduce serious assaults by prisoners on other prisoners and staff.
  • Adding $3.5 million in general funds for maintenance and upkeep at closed correctional facilities. 
    • As prisoner population has dropped and facilities have been closed, the costs to safely maintain these vacant facilities have increased and this funding will be used for the maintenance or demolition of vacant facilities.
  • Estimated savings of $11.1 million from prison heath care services has been assumed in the Governor's budget recommendations.
    • The department seeks to reduce costs for the provision of health care services to prisoners by competitively bidding both physical and mental health services, including the operation of the Woodland Correctional Facility which specializes in services to prisoners with mental health problems. Although actual savings are not yet known, it is anticipated that a successful procurement process will result in estimated savings of $11.1 million general fund in fiscal year 2013. 
  • Projected $10 million in general fund savings through the elimination of 115 positions in Parole and Probation Services. 
    • The total number of probationers and parolees has dropped by 9 percent in the last two years and this reduction allows for the elimination of these positions.
  • Anticipated savings of $11.2 million in general funds as a result of the department undertaking a number of efficiency measures to reduce custody costs. 
    • The cost effective housing initiative includes staffing changes, prisoner clothing savings, technology savings, and other administrative cost savings.

The Executive Budget Recommends:

Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs

  • The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to receive $55.7 million for Military Preparedness.
    • This will re-enforce the Michigan National Guard's traditional mission of state and national defense and homeland security.
  • Adding $4.8 million for critical maintenance needs at the 43 DMVA state armories throughout the state.

Emergency Manager

  • $10 million in one-time fiscal year 2012 funding and $4.5 million in ongoing funding for the Department of Treasury to provide oversight and assistance to cities in financial distress or at financial risk.
  • An additional $15 million to the criminal justice system, including funding for anticipated costs related to the public safety emergency in distressed cities.