The Lansing State Journal today cites Mackinac Center research about the lower costs of privatized prisons. In 2007, Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive found that entry-level guards in state-run prisons and at a privatized facility in Baldwin both made about $14 an hour, but those working in government facilities had “far superior benefits,” the State Journal reported.

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As Michigan Capitol Confidential recently reported, prison spending in Michigan is up 26 percent since 2000, despite there being about 8,000 fewer prisoners.

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