Feds To Tour Standish Max Again, Maybe Buy It 8-02-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Feds To Tour Standish Max Again, Maybe Buy It 8-02-2010

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak’s office said in a news release Monday that federal officials will be visiting the Standish Maximum Security prison in the coming weeks.
While Michigan prison officials said the location would not be used to house Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, War on Terrorism detainees, they did speculate that the prison could become a part of the federal prison system.
State budget cuts forced Standish prison to close last fall. Its capacity was 604 inmates.
Stupak’s office said when the officials toured the facility last August, they thought it could be used to house federal inmates.
“During their tour of the prison last fall, federal officials recognized what we in Michigan already know -- Standish Max as a top-notch facility with an impeccable safety record,” Stupak said. “While this is not yet a done deal, it is a huge step in the right direction toward reopening this prison, and providing a critical economic boost to the Standish community and the entire state.”
“The upcoming visit by U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials is an encouraging sign for the reuse of the Standish correctional facility,” Governor Jennifer Granholm said. “Reopening the prison as a federal facility would create new jobs in Standish and provide an economic lift for the surrounding area and all of Michigan.”
According to the news release, the federal prison system is currently operating some 37 percent above its capacity.
Stupak represents Standish as a part of Michigan’s 1st congressional district.
The target date for federal officials to tour the prison is Aug. 16.
If the feds decide to purchase the prison from the state, it is possible they would consider hiring local people to staff it, as well as former unemployed corrections staff.
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