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State closing West Michigan prison

January 29, 2018
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The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to close a correctional facility in the region in March due to a decline in the state's prison population.

The department said it notified yesterday staff members at West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights.

The facility built in 1987 has 1,245 prisoners and 174 employees. The closing is expected to save $18.8 million in the budget.

MDOC Director Heidi Washington said the March 24 shutdown "represents a step in the right direction, as we focus on giving offenders the skills they need to be successful in the community, so they do not return to prison."

The department said Michigan's prison population dropped this year below 40,000 for the first time in more than 20 years, after peaking in 2007 at 51,554.

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