LANSING — The Michigan Information Research Service,
a Lansing-based political newsletter, reported in late July that the Geo Group,
a private for-profit contractor that operates the Michigan Youth Correctional
Facility in Baldwin, criticized an Auditor General review of its work.
The audit was
sparked by a recommendation from Gov. Jennifer Granholm that the contract with
Geo Group be canceled. Geo Group spokesman Bill Nowling told MIRS that canceling
the contract was effectively a gift to the Michigan Corrections Organization, a
Service Employee International Union that represents state corrections workers.
Nowling criticized the report for excluding important information, not
addressing the value of having a youth-only facility and for neglecting the
negative economic impact that closing the facility might have on Lake County.
The Auditor General’s report is available online at