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BOP to visit Standish prison…again

Submitted by on August 3, 2010 – 5:08 amNo Comment

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will travel to northern lower Michigan next week, to tour Standish Maximum Security Prison and meet with local officials about the possibility of converting the prison into a federal facility.

The BOP agreed to take another look at the Standish facility at the request of U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak, Governor Jennifer Granholm and Michigan Department of Corrections Director Patricia Caruso.

“A year ago I committed to working to find a way to reopen Standish Max and I have continued to have discussions with Harley Lappin, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on this issue,” Stupak said.   “This visit is a promising development in our ongoing efforts to urge the BOP to use the facility as a federal prison.”

Stupak said BOP officials were impressed with the quality and safety record of Standish prison following their tour of the facility in August of 2009.  The federal facility being proposed would be used to alleviate the overcrowding BOP is facing in existing federal prisons. 

It has already been decided Standish prison would not be used for detainees from Guantanamo Bay.  The BOP is still in the exploratory phase and has not made a formal offer to purchase the Standish facility.