Legislation could reopen Geo Prison

Legislation working its way through Lansing could bring new life and new jobs to the GEO Prison in Baldwin, but not everybody is supporting the proposal.

House bills 5174 and 5177 would allow the state to contract with privately owned correctional facilities like GEO and county jails to manage Michigan prisoners.

The legislation requires any contract the state makes with a private facility to result in at least a 5% annual cost savings.

Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts is in support of the legislation, but state prison unions are not and say privatizing is a risk.

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