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By Lisa Brody
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And keep those correctional dollars local.

But there's a bit of an issue. Those local dollars? The $60 a day for up to 365 days would have go to the county sheriff's office, and not to the private operator, like Kinney and the Wolverine Campus project. "They must partner with the local sheriff's office," Marlin stated emphatically. "We cannot reimburse a private entity. We would pay the sheriff's office, and they would pay the Wolverine group. Otherwise we would have to accept RFPs (Request for Proposals) from lots of groups, and we don't do that."

In order to accomplish that, Marlin explained, all parties have to agree to participate in a felon's plea bargain. "It's been decided. The person is definitely going to prison. He signs off. The prosecutor signs off, the defense attorney has to sign off, and the circuit court judge has to sign off. All of the parties have to sign off on it for it to go through. Then if the person stays local, the county gets reimbursed by the DOC for up to a year."

Therein lies the rub. While in theory, finding a productive alternative to putting adult youth in prison and throwing away the key sounds ideal, the practicum places risks and burdens upon communities.

"Kinney seemed like a very good and very sincere man, who was genuinely caring, genuinely concerned, and he had a genuine interest in helping these felons," Savoie said. "He's seen the system, and the system has failed. I just don't think this is good for our community or any community."

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