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    Tag: Corrections

    Shifting prison politics: How GOP is getting smarter on crime

    By Scott123, Section News
    Posted on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 12:35:29 PM EST
    Tags: prison, reform, corrections, doc (all tags)

    Bridge Magazine on prison reform in Michigan.

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    Cain's Folly?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 08:56:25 AM EST
    Tags: Herman Cain, Abortion, 9-9-9, Jesus Christ, God, Mistakes, Corrections, Primaries (all tags)

    Much is being made over the apparent switch from for to against, with regard to abortion.  Pundits either neutral, or against the candidacy of Herman Cain are picking away at whatever mistakes they can find.  Be it the 9-9-9 plan or this particular issue of the day being his apparent wavering on the abortion debate.  A Traverse City, MI friend writes:
    "I haven't been following Cain as well as some of you so I'm forwarding this to get your take on the article and the comments about his true position on those issues.   If might be good if one of you that have been strong supporters from the get go would maybe comment on this ...

    Seeking clarity,  xxxx xxxxx"

    I support Cain now as much as I have since early on.  I don't think apparent waffling has anything to do with trying to be on the popular side of the issue either.  It was the non politically correct attitude which drew me to the Herman Cain Camp in the first place.  It was the ability to face down what is WRONG with the system, with little regard on how many people might not like their cheese moved that elevated my respect for the man.

    So I responded (below)

    (18 comments, 525 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    You Wit us or Agin us?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue May 31, 2011 at 05:44:57 PM EST
    Tags: SEIU, MCO, Corrections, Michigan, Intimidation, Targeting, Workers, Profiling (all tags)

    Essentially the question being asked by SEIU local 526M to its membership in a friendly letter today.

    The letter talks about the townhall meetings organized by the SEIU Corrections to "educate lawmakers" about what a tough job corrections workers have.  The lead-in is an innocent enough representative greeting by a union that has as its interest a defensive posture of correction worker jobs and the benefits therein.

    Then a little bit of intellectual waterboarding pops up. (click on the image to see the entire document)

    Would you please admit comrade, whether you are a traitor to the cause?  Please indicate (and circle) your level of treachery:

    • Horrific villain (high crimes against the cause)
    • Troublemaker and irritant
    • Confused worker bee with troubled leanings
    • Random Worker with no core beliefs
    • Confused worker bee with seeds of truth!
    • Dependable proletariat guard with vision
    • Loyalist defender of the movement!

    To answer or NOT to answer?  That is the question.


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    Stealth EO could release 4,000 convicted felons while budget fires 1,000 corrections workers

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:41:24 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Cherry, budget, corrections, Ficano, Wayne County (all tags)

    The Granholm-Cherry administration's apologists are making a big deal, this morning, over the fact that her latest budget proposal, coming in at hundreds of millions of dollars more than last years, actually fires 1,500 state employees. 'See, she is cutting state government,' they argue, hoping folks will assume those employees are all middle-managers, pencil pushers and red-tape manufacturers.


    The Lansing State Journal tells the governor's dirty little secret this morning - a full 1,000 of those at-risk employees are corrections workers on the front lines of the battle to keep violent criminals behind bars.  

    How, you're asking, could the state fire 1,000 of the brave men and women who daily supervise career criminals, rapists and murderers to keep them from wreaking havoc on each other and Michigan families without serious consequences?  And the answer is, they can't.  

    The administration isn't without their own creative solution, though.  Yesterday, while everyone in the press was distracted by the budget they took another under-the-radar action whose consequences could be disastrous.

    As many as 3,500 to 4,000 prisoners could be paroled by October under an executive order Granholm issued Thursday. The governor ordered the State Parole Board to review the status of 12,000 prisoners who already have served minimum sentences for potential release.

    (Mel) Grieshaber (executive director of the Michigan Corrections Organization) urged state officials to be cautious about early releases.

    "We think there are a lot of bad guys in there who potentially are going to get out," he said.

    Bad.  Idea.  And we know that, at least privately, Michigan Democrats admit as much.  Remember, it was less than two years ago that every Dem in the state, from the regressisphere to the Capitol to the local county organizations made the forceful argument that Michigan state government had "cut to the bone."  There was nothing left to cut.  Nothing we could eliminate.  Tax hikes or bust.

    Now, suddenly, we can release 4,000 convicted felons early and fire 1,000 law enforcement officials without serious, potentially violent consequences?  C'mon now.

    Read on...

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    What price public safety? 2% of one department's budget, apparently

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 07:18:26 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, 2010, Granholm-Cherry, layoffs, unemployment, Comerica, corrections, parole, budget (all tags)

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.  Yesterday a major Michigan employer announced hundreds of new job cuts.  (I know, I saw you waving your hands telling me to stop, I just ignored you.)  The Ivory Tower reports that Comerica Bank, the folks who have their name on our beloved Tigers' home stadium, announced plans to cut a full 5% of their work force in the coming month, totalling 570 jobs.  

    Though the job cuts are spread across the regional bank's operations, many of them are expected to occur in Michigan, which has about 7,000 of Comerica's slightly more than 10,000 workers. Comerica is the state's second-largest bank in terms of deposits...

    Comerica, which moved its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas in 2007, expects the job reductions to result in a $35-million annual savings. They come on top of the elimination of 600 positions or 5% of its workforce last year.

    Notice by way of reminder, if you will, that amidst Michigan's single state recession of 2007 the bank outsourced its major white collar jobs and operations, not to India or China or Mexico but to freaking Dallas.  And just in case you're not a geography major, Dallas is in Texas, that giant state with all of the cowboys down at the bottom of your map of the United States of America.  

    Still tells a potent story about the way the Granholm-Cherry administration has handled Michigan's economy since taking the helm in January 2003.  Tells even more about the bank's perceived odds of a recovery after the Democrats took over the legislature in 2007, too.

    But don't worry, the current Democratic governor, her hand picked successor and those very same legislators are still on the job, they still have a plan and they're working it and they're working it and jobs of tomorrow and cool cities and plan and working and plan.

    Read on...

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    10.6 percent and rising, but hope on the horizon?

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 06:59:00 AM EST
    Tags: Cox, Ficano, budget, unemployment rate, corrections, 2010, candidate (all tags)

    If the question is about the immediate horizon, the answer is almost certainly no. Late yesterday we learned that Michigan's nation's-worst unemployment rate had skyrocketed a full percentage point from 9.6 to 10.6 percent.  Rich Haglund at Booth Newspapers reports that the number is the highest it has been since September of 1985 as "...the state was then emerging from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression."

    For the record, because I know you're curious, NO, 1985 was neither John Engler, George W. Bush or Dick DeVos's fault.  Engler was still years away from being elected Governor, Bush was just the Vice President's kid and DeVos was a young entrepreneur in the process of becoming one of the great job makers the state of Michigan has known.  None of them, though, were running the show in Lansing or Washington, DC.

    Blanchard was the Democrat at the helm in the Capital City and Ronald Reagan had the national economy kicking into gear as it recovered from stagflation and the devastating recession of 1982.

    This year Michigan remains the only state with double-digit unemployment and the freefall continues.  But I mentioned hope.  Haglund continues:

    Economists expect the state and national unemployment rates to rise this year because consumers are spending less in a deepening recession.

    Mackinac Center senior economist David Littmann said he expects unemployment to hit 12 percent by July.

    "There's really no better time for government to reduce the tax and regulatory burdens on the private sector and spark the long-awaited turnaround in Michigan's economy," Littmann said.

    To that end, here comes the calvary.  Maybe.

    Read on...

    (2 comments, 836 words in story) Full Story

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