State Senator John Proos has some thoughts on changing up the way the state funds its prisons. He tells WSJM News the current model looks at things on a per-facility basis, but he wonders if there’s another way.
“The fact is that we fund many functions of our state government on a per-capita basis,” Proos said.
Proos says using a per-prisoner basis to fund Michigan’s prisons could enable the state to see savings as a result of a lower prison population. He’s holding a hearing on the matter this Wednesday. Proos recently blasted the governor’s budget proposal, saying it gives prisons a more than $1,400 increase per prisoner under the current model.