State Sen. Rick Outman, right, and his son, Rep. Pat Outman, left, welcomed Bryan Griswold of the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia to Lansing to honor the occasion of his retirement from the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Michigan Department of Corrections
Ryan Mitchell, a U.S. Navy veteran and former teacher with the Michigan Department of Corrections, was hired as Ionia Middle School principal by the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education at Monday’s meeting.
During her 25-year career with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Pam Withrow was the first female warden of a male prison in the state of Michigan, and she implemented a cognitive behavioral change program that decreased violence among inmates.
Due to the declining prisoner population, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced on Wednesday the consolidation of the south side of the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian and that Michigan Reformatory in Ionia will cease operations in November.
Neil Costello, a corrections officer at the Michigan Reformatory (RMI) in Ionia, has been named the 2022 Michigan Department of Corrections Officer of the Year.
Costello has made a significant impact on his facility and the department through his positivity and willingness to provide support to his colleagues, said MDOC Director Heidi Washington.