Sen. VanderWall praises Baldwin prison announcement

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, issued the following statement Thursday after Geo Group Inc. announced it has won a 10-year federal contract to house in its Baldwin facility noncitizens sentenced for immigration offenses or other federal crimes.

“To hear that the former Michigan Youth Correctional Facility is going to be reactivated is wonderful news for the community.

“This contract will create up to 320 permanent jobs in the village of Baldwin — a remarkable number for a town with a population under 1,500.

“I look forward to Geo Group establishing the prison and becoming a valuable member of the community.”