LANSING?State officials on Thursday rejected two bids from private companies to run a Level IV prison with 968 inmates, either at a privately held facility or the closed state prison in Standish. One bid was from GEO Group, who owns the former Baldwin prison that was shut down under the Granholm Administration.
After hearing of the decision, Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement:
“The Department of Technology, Management and Budget reviewed the proposals and made the decision that they did not meet the 10 percent savings requirement.
“I look forward to reviewing the proposals and the state’s estimated cost numbers so that we can all see how they arrived at this decision.
“Michigan spends roughly $2 billion on Corrections. As we look for ways to reduce prison costs, we must ensure that the bidding process is transparent, fair and that there is an apples-to-apples comparison between the state and private companies.”