The economy is in very bad shape in Michigan. That is not news. One small town north of Detroit has been discussing one way to keep jobs in town. In Standish, the State of Michigan had built a maximum security prison recently that is scheduled to be closed due to budget shortfalls. Now, the state is offering to use the facility to house relocated Gitmo prisoners. The people of Standish appear undecided on this approach, but to me, maximum security prisons house far more dangerous people than the average Gitmo prisoner. People like Timothy McVeigh and the Unibomber have been successfully held. It would be good to have the jobs in Michigan and also the additional protection of officers from the Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Here is coverage of the story from yesterday’s NewsHour on PBS. A transcript is available here.