Michigan State Jails
Michigan, located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America is the eighth most populous state in the United States. Michigan State is surrounded by the Canadian city of Ontario on its northern and eastern border, and by Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, the strait of Mackinac, Ohio and Indiana on its southern side. Illinois and Wisconsin can be found immediately to the west.
Michigan is spread over a total area of 58,527 square miles and has a population of almost 10 million people. Throughout Michigan's 83 counties there are 93 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 18,378 inmates. The Department of Corrections inspects jails and enforces standards compliance.
The crime rate in Michigan is about 6% lower than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 85.4% of the crime rate in Michigan which is 9% lower than the national rate. The remaining 13.7% are violent crimes and are about 9% higher than other states.
Population in Jail:
Michigan has a rate 5% higher than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000, whilst their average number of probationers per 100,000 people is 19% higher than the national rate.
The states average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 6% lower than the national average.
In 2009 taxpayers paid on average 16% more than other states per inmate in jail coming in at an annual cost of $34,025 per person.
Michigan State runs an innovative programme for inmates, The Michigan Prison Build Program, which is run in conjunction within the Michigan Department of Corrections, has helped build homes for hundreds of low-income families since its inception whilst setting in motion a skill building and career track path for state prisoners.
The Michigan Department of Corrections has been supporting community projects for years. In 1998 Governor John Engler in his 1998 "State of the State" address, charged the department to help Habitat for Humanity affiliates speed up construction at home sites by having prisoners prefabricate the wall panels inside prisons.
So successful has this project been that as 2003 came to a close, Habitat for Humanity International announced that the site of the 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project would be Michigan. Nearly 250 Habitat homes were be built throughout Michigan from June 19 to June 24, 2005. Habitat officials and Prison Build Staff immediately began plans for the building of wall panels, cabinets, sheds, and providing horticulture products for this historic effort.
Michigan Prison Build Program has, using a systems approach, trained prisoners to build houses and housing components. Partnering with other state agencies, housing contractors and landscape architects the project is designed as a seamless reintegration for offenders.
Inmates must complete one of two vocational training prerequisites – building trades or horticulture – to enter the building program. These courses are a part of the programs and services provided by the Department of Correction's Education division. Inmates must apply for jobs in the program. They not only need to be proficient in the skills required to build a house or design landscaping, they must be able to work effectively with others.