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A jury has awarded $11.4 million to a black couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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The Michigan Department of Corrections is reviewing how its mail policy is applied after inmates at a state prison were prevented from reading five news articles published by the Lansing State Journal.

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State government in Michigan is stepping up efforts to boost environmental sustainability by using energy saving efforts at prisons, converting state parks and fish hatcheries to renewable energy, and taking other steps.

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A technology upgrade that’s supposed to help consumers threatens to shut down the system for keeping track of felons and sex offenders who’ve been released from prison. Electronic tethers that keep track of offenders could go dark at the end of the year. 


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A spending plan for the Michigan Department of Corrections passed out of a state House committee. It would redirect millions of dollars that previous budgets had allocated for certain projects – like prison maintenance – to other priorities.


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Officials say a new scabies outbreak at Michigan's only prison for women led to a quarantine at the facility so inmates could get treatment.

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A jury has awarded a former Michigan prison warden $438,000 after finding supervisors retaliated against him for defending a female subordinate who complained about sexual discrimination and harassment.

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A state Senate committee approved a budget provision to financially penalize communities with sanctuary city policies.


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A Michigan prison inmate who said she was stung by a bee has died after being discharged from a hospital.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering a comprehensive review of Michigan's jail and pretrial incarceration system, saying the status quo "isn't working."

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Under a new package of bills in the state Senate people on probation or in prison for marijuana related crimes could have their sentences reduced or eliminated.


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A federal lawsuit says inmates at Michigan’s only prison for women suffered severe itching and permanent scarring because officials took more than a year to diagnose and properly treat a scabies outbreak.

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A judge has cleared the way for the release of a 74-year-old man who is the oldest and longest-serving Michigan prisoner with a life sentence for murder as a teen.

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A township in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is suing to stop the closing of a prison.

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A new law will codify clearer guidelines that the Michigan Parole Board has been following when it considers whether to release prisoners considered to be low risks to re-offend.

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