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Oversight Committee hears testimony in prison closure

State's decision to close Ojibway was not without consideration of econcomic impact


February 20, 2019

Bryan Hellios/Daily Globe

BRUCE MAHLER, left, police chief for Marenisco and Marenisco Township Supervisor Richard Bouvette share a laugh before their testimony on Tuesday in front of the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee via remote broadcast at the Gogebic Community College.


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IRONWOOD - The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee met Tuesday in Lansing to hear testimony regarding an auditor general's report concerning the Michigan Department of Correction's decision to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco.

The facility, which had 203 employees, closed Dec. 1.

The report - a follow-up to a 2012 performance audit - found the MDOC partially complied with the changes recommended following the 2012 audit.

"(The department of corrections) represented to us that it fully considered the potential economic impacts. How...

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