© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

New MI corrections chief weighs in on reform proposals

Heidi Washington photo
Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections

Prison reform is one of Michigan’s hottest ongoing topics. As the discussion continues, an East Lansing resident takes the helm of the Department of Corrections. Current State speaks with Heidi Washington.

Amid a vigorous discussion over prison reform in Michigan, Heidi Washington recently became the state's top corrections official. Washington has worked for the state Department of Corrections for 17 years, most recently as ?warden at Jackson’s Egeler Reception and Guidance Center.

Calls for prison reform in Michigan have been common recently. Running the state’s corrections system, which currently includes about 43,000 prisoners, is expensive, costing about $2-billion annually. Suggestions have focused on reducing both of those numbers through sentencing and parole reforms, while skeptics caution that the wrong moves could jeopardize public safety.

Another newsworthy development came when the state recently announced the end of its relationship with prison food provider Aramark, after a troubled tenure.

Current State talks with Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington about the reform discussion and other issues.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.