When the Michigan Legislature returns from recess on April 13, they will continue deliberations on the state’s FY 2011 budget, including Corrections. Business Leaders for Michigan urges our state leaders to pass a budget that reduces Michigan’s annual per prisoner incarceration costs from over $32,000 to $25,000, the average for surrounding states.
Michigan is smaller and poorer today than it was in past decades and cannot support the same level of state spending it once did. Please take a moment to contact your legislators to let them know that we can’t continue to spend money we don’t have and to bring corrections spending under control now. This would amount to roughly $350 million in savings for the state.