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Recent Audit questions the Michigan Department of Correction's closure decissions

Michigan Department of Corrections

The Michigan Department of Corrections is failing to adequately document how it selects which prisons get selected for closure, according to a recent audit report.

The Lansing State Journal details that auditors determined in a Dec. 28 report the department failed to show how collecting information on the facilities' age, condition, economic impact and operational costs plays a role in a prison being closed. 

The recent audit was a review of auditors' 2012 finding the department did not evaluate costs of facilities, including some it had closed, and did not keep sufficient documentation supporting the factors weighed by department leaders who decided which prisons should be closed or consolidated. 

   MDOC closed three prisons from 2016-2018.  MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz says there is no single factor determining which prisons are shuttered.

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