Proos To hold Hearing On Prison Funding

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.