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Michigan's Prison Director Getting Mixed Reviews

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The state's prison director is getting mixed reviews at the state capitol. 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us why two republicans have totally different views on how Dan Heyns is doing.

“We are tired of trying to work with them and the RFP process, they don’t respect it, they’ve been able to sidestep it. And frankly to me that’s a slap in the face of the taxpayer,” said State Representative Greg MacMaster, (r), Corrections Budget Chair.

Reporter: “Is that a little arrogant?”
Representative MacMaster: “Very arrogant.”

Reporter: “Is the department arrogant?”
Senator John Proos: “No, I think the department is doing what it can for public safety.”

Talk about your day and night analysis of the corrections department and its director. These two republicans could not be further apart.

The two chair the house and senate prison budgets and they want to slap a $38,000 inmate cap on the prison system to save tax dollars.

But this house republican claims he’s not getting cooperation. So, is there a cultural problem in the corrections department?

Representative MacMaster: “I would believe so, yes. That’s a good way to put it.”
Reporter: “You’re not pleased today with the performance of the director?”
Representative MacMaster: “No, I’m not. Because he continues to side step everything we're trying to do.”

But the corrections director is defended by Senator Proos.
Reporter: “So you think the department is doing an adequate job and you are not critical?”
Senator Proos: “No, I think the department is doing a fine job. They’ve got more work to do with us as public policy makers.”

The Lt. Governor says he has not reviewed the critical comments of Rep. MacMaster, but in general he asserts the Snyder administration wants to get it right.

“To the extent that we hear complaints, we take them very seriously and we investigate them and address deficiencies where they exist,” said Lt. Governor Brian Calley (r).

Obviously these two republicans have agreed to disagree on the performance of the corrections department and its director.
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