On Oct. 9, the Lake County Board of Commissioners voted to close the Lake County Residential Re-Entry Program facility (LCRRP, formerly known as the TRV), and end our relationship with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). We have had a long-standing partnership with the MDOC to provide correctional officers to supervise parole violators.
We re-negotiated the RRP contract with the MDOC within months of me coming into office in 2017. At the time, that contract was set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. We were immediately met with several negative issues brought to us by MDOC and our staff. Some of the more key issues were, a run-down building, leaking roof, mold, low county staffing levels, no air conditioning and unsatisfactory (county-provided) inmate medical care. In spite of these issues, a new contract was negotiated with a higher per diem rate increase than ever before negotiated. Aside from the mentioned issues, the MDOC was satisfied with our long-standing partnership and sought to continue that partnership. The “past” contract with MDOC was for a period of 10 years, which the “new” contract would be reduced to a period of three years.