“Cashless Jail” Companies Expand Partnership

DETROIT - Continental Prison Systems Inc., dba EZ Card and Kiosk, and Canteen Services of Michigan, recently expanded their strategic partnership to allow EZ Card and Kiosk to deploy its "cashless jail" solutions in several county jail facilities throughout Michigan.

Plans In Works To Expand Mich. Jail

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Construction plans are being prepared for a $20 million expansion to the Kalamazoo County Jail facility.

Mich. Jail Project On Track

Allegan, Mich. — The Allegan County board is moving ahead with plans for a $19 million jail, though funding sources for the project have not been determined.

Facility of the Month: Kent County, Michigan

By Lisa Kopochinski
A new addition to a Michigan correctional facility leaves open the opportunity for further expansion.

Mich. County Renews Prison Contracts at Higher Cost

Feeding inmates at the Leelanau County Jail is about to get more expensive. The per-meal cost will increase by 63 percent because the number of inmates is much lower than expected.

Michigan Village Hopes for Prison Reopening

When Michigan’s North Lake Detention Facility stopped housing youthful offenders five years ago, the tiny city of Baldwin lost its largest employer, the tax base shrunk and a number of restaurants and stores closed.

Cuts Leave Michigan Prison Towers Unmanned

State cutbacks have left many of Michigan's prison guard towers unmanned as improved technology and shrinking budgets make them as obsolete.

Jerry Elmblad, A Plant Guy

Jerry Elmblad’s office at the Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing is littered with papers and publications on cutting-edge technologies. With 25 years in the department, Elmblad has become one of the correctional industry’s foremost experts on energy use reduction.

Michigan Mulls Privatization of Juvenile Justice

In an effort to make up a $2.8 billion shortfall in statewide revenue, Republican state legislators introduced a bill that would complete the privatization of Michigan’s juvenile justice system.