Sen. Booher applauds signing of bill to assist with prison reopening

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, said legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday to help reopen the North Lake Correctional Facility in Lake County is good for the region and will help create jobs.

“Baldwin prison officials indicate the facility is safe and up to standards, and that the staff are well trained and inmates are treated well,” said Booher. “Importantly, reopening the Baldwin prison will help create good, well-paying jobs, and will boost the economy of our region.”

GEO Group, the company that will operate the prison, said that, of the 112 employees hired thus far, 36 are former military members and 41 were rehired from when the facility was previously operational.

House Bill 4467, now Public Act 49 of 2015, which was sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, allows prisoners of any security level to be housed at the private correctional facility.

The facility, a former youth prison opened in 1998 and run by GEO Group before closing in 2005, briefly reopened to accept out-of-state prisoners but closed again in 2011.

Booher represents the 35th state Senate District, which includes Lake County.