The Department of Corrections is at the brink of being the next big embarrassment for our great State.  Millions of dollars are being unwisely spent , and "the bottom line" is being substituted for common sense and the safety of prison staff, prisoners and visitors.  Several years ago the training of corrections officers was changed so that accepted applicants were no longer paid during the six-week training period.  Common sense tells us that obtaining quality candidates is going to be difficult when they need to sacrifice six weeks of pay to get a job that's not even guaranteed upon completion of training.  This decision was eventually reversed, but years of recruiting were lost which only exacerbated the shortage of corrections officers.

Then there was the decision to privatize the providing of meals for inmates.  Despite red flags from both inside and outside of the Department of Corrections a contract was made with a private provider.  The service is now being brought back in house because of numerous problems including security breaches.  This debacle cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

We need our prisons (and jails) to be as safe as possible for officers, guests and inmates.  This should include having a security camera view of every space of the prison it is legally allowed.  (You might assume, as I did, that this is a given, but it is not.)  We need enough corrections officers to eliminate the need for current officers to work excessive overtime.  An overworked officer cannot be expected to have the same reactions and make the same decisions at the end of a long shift as he would when he or she was rested.

Our great State of Michigan also needs to change its view on religious organizations and allow them to do more to shape the moral character of prisoners.  We also need to employ more parole/probation officers so they are better able to monitor the transition of former inmates to the free world of responsible citizenship.  The goal of Corrections is to rehabilitate in order to create a safer and more productive society for everyone.  They deserve the tools to achieve their goal.
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The Main Issue

A Truly Representative Government

I do believe that giving more attention to our Corrections department is important and I want to hear your thoughts.  Use the Contact Christopher page to share your ideas, opinions or even your disagreement with what I propose.​​

The reason I am running for State Senator is because I believe that both the Republican and Democrat parties are failing at listening to their constituents.  They are too focused on keeping or gaining power for their party and not focused enough on going back to the voters that elected them to hear what they think about the issues.  In today's world with modern technology and social media it is not hard for legislators to hear what voters have to say if they are willing to listen.
I am not a person that will go around giving speeches telling you how you should feel about a subject.  I want to go out and hear your opinion, not shape it.  The following issues and the potential solutions I propose are not carved in stone.  I believe we need to be thinking outside the box of what has become the traditional politician's thinking - maintaining the status quo.  I do believe the issues below are important, but I'm sure there are others that are just as important or more important to you.  I want to hear it, use the contact page to let your voice be heard.  It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, one of the minor parties or an Independent, I want to hear your voice.  Your State Senator shouldn't just represent members of a certain party, but every person.  That is how a representative government should work.