Ojibway Correctional Facility to close in December due to declining prisoner population

GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. - With prisoner population decreasing statewide, the Michigan Department of Corrections announced Tuesday the Oijbway Correctional Facility will close in December. 

The Michigan Department of Corrections says it will begin working with the facility's 203 employees to find transfer options. 

Ojibway will be the second prison to close this year due to a decrease in prisoner population and a historically-low recidivism rates.

The state prison's population dropped below 40,000 for the first time in more than 20 years in 2017. In 2018, the state's recidivism rate decreased to its lowest-recorded level at 28.1 percent. 

The closing of Ojibway is expected to result in a $19 million reduction in spending for the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

The West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon closed in March saving an estimated $18.8 million for the 2019 fiscal year, officials say. 

Ojibway Correctional Facility was converted to a prison in 2000 and has 1,162 prisoner beds. 

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