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SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
May 13, 2000, Saturday MICHIGAN
HEADLINE: LaSata wants prison to get closer scrutiny
LANSING--State legislators will conduct a hearing on the Michigan Youth Correctional Facility this summer, following an investigation by The Grand Rapids Press that questioned the private prison's ability to handle its young wards.
"I'm equally concerned with the safety of corrections officers as well as the inmates at the facility," said state Rep. Charles LaSata, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the House Appropriations corrections subcommittee.
LaSata also told The Grand Rapids Press that he would ask the state Department of Corrections for quarterly reports on the youth prison, instead of the now-required yearly reports.
LaSata is the second state lawmaker to call for hearings in response to The Grand Rapids Press investigation.
State Sen. William VanRegenmorter, R-Georgetown Township, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he has not scheduled a hearing but hopes to tour the prison next week.
The Press' five-month investigation into the treatment of juveniles in prison found it was more violent than the state's six maximum-security prisons. Young inmates attack one another and guards and try to kill themselves, according to prison reports obtained by the newspaper.
The state sends the facility most of its juveniles sentenced as adults. The facility has about 330 inmates.
The prison is owned and operated by Wackenhut Corrections Corp. of Florida.