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FLORENCE CRANE AND MUSKEGON CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES CLOSE WITHOUT INCIDENT

It was a bittersweet moment as employees at Florence Crane (ACF) and Muskegon (MCF) correctional facilities escorted the last few re- maining prisoners to awaiting transportation ve- hicles. Both facilities had been open over 25 years and had very experienced and veteran

ACF opened in April 1985 after being converted to a prison from a state mental health facility. During its operational life, the prison housed women for several years, then housed men, in- cluding a geriatric population. The facility gained notoriety for hosting the Second Chance at Life

staff - many of whom had never worked elsewhere. Florence Crane closed as a result of Michigan’s declining prisoner population, which has been trending downward since May 2007. In the past year, nearly 1,000 beds were shuttered throughout the system, enough to close one entire facility. After careful consideration of many fac- tors, ACF was identified as the facility to be closed. MCF actually housed Pennsyl- vania prisoners, the result of a contract agreement be- tween the two states to su- greyhound rehabilitation pro- gram and a training and adoption program for area shelter dogs. MCF opened in August 1974 and actually closed in early 2010, only to re-open after Pennsylvania and Michigan agreed on a contract to house Pennsylvania prison- ers at the facility. The con- tract was short-lived, how- ever, as Pennsylvania found room in their prison system, leaving Muskegon Correc- tional Facility vacant again. Florence Crane Correctional Facility The Department is commit- pervise Pennsylvania prison- ers in Michigan because of ted to closing facilities when it is fiscally responsible to do Muskegon Correctional Facility overcrowded conditions in the Pennsylvania system. Once all of the prisoners returned to Pennsylvania, the facility was again slated for closure. so, and continues to market vacant facilities to other entities public and private that may be in- terested.

OUTLOOK MIGRATION COMING SOON!

On June 5, 2011, Central Office staff will begin the migration to MS Outlook. Facilities have already started the process. To support this migration, DTMB has created an intranet Web site called SharePoint located at:

http://inside.michigan.gov/sites/dtmb/is/pmo/GWtoOutlook/DOCGWtoOutlook/default.aspx

This Web site can only be accessed while logged into the server and provides the most up-to-date and com- plete information related to the roll-out plans, progress, and documentation. Staff is encouraged to visit the site regularly to receive updates and read training documentation and pre and post migration materials for Outlook 2003. Additional Outlook 2003 training information can be found in DAS. As part of this migration, staff’s archived e-mails, their e-mail box folders and current GroupWise inbox e-mails will be migrated to Out- look 2003. However, staff is cautioned to reduce the size of their e-mail archive to 500 mb or less to guard against their archives being corrupted and lost during the migration to Outlook.

JUNE 3, 2011

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