CONTACT: John C. Cordell, Public Information Officer
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has identified the Florence Crane Correctional Facility (ACF) as the facility for closure called for in Governor Rick Snyder's fiscal year (FY) 2011-12 budget recommendation. The 1,056 prisoners impacted by this closure will be transferred to vacant beds in existing prisons. As the prisoner population slowly dropped throughout 2010, the Department closed sections of prisons or housing units to save money. However, the MDOC is now in a position to consolidate available open beds and close an entire correctional facility which will produce greater savings than leaving sections or housing units closed throughout the system.
The full-year cost of operating ACF is $27.4 million. In order to realize additional net savings of $6.6 million this fiscal year, the Department will close the facility by June 1, 2011. The closure of ACF is in addition to the pending closure of Muskegon Correctional Facility which is also expected to close by late spring due to Pennsylvania terminating the contract to house prisoners in Michigan.
Florence Crane Correctional Facility was chosen for closure based on a variety of factors:
This closure will impact employees throughout the department. The reduction-in-force may result in employee layoffs. Employees willing to transfer or take other positions, as well as the retirement of eligible employees, could mitigate the number of potential layoffs. The Department will also work with other state departments, such as the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and Michigan Works! agencies across the state, to take advantage of each agency's ability to assist with displaced workers. Department administrators are meeting with employees at Florence Crane Correctional Facility to discuss the closure and provide initial information regarding their options.
For the past several years, the Department has been closing prisons as the prison population dropped. The most recent Prison Population Projections Report shows: