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Work Camp
In 1989, Public Act 511 was approved by the Legislature to begin a process of an alternative to prison and jail called Community Corrections.

In March of 1991, Tri-County Community Corrections representing Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties proposed a comprehensive plan which was approved for funding. This plan has had continuous approval since that time.

When our first plan was approved in 1991, it is believed we were the first to implement it in the state. We began a very popular Community Service Program by releasing four felons from jail to perform community service work. In spite of these early releases, we still experienced jail crowding, thus resulting in ten offenders being housed in other facilities.

At this point we applied for and received a $243,000 grant for a Work Camp facility. Again, Tri-County was the first to apply for and receive Work Camp allocated monies. The Work Camp was opened on October 4, 1991 and has remained open since. At present, Houghton County houses all of Baraga County inmates.

Throughout the years, since our camp opened, we have had the opportunity to entertain several State of Michigan dignitaries including Governor John Engler, MDOC Director Kenneth McGinnis, and Deputy Director Robert Steinman. All see the significance of what the Work Camp has accomplished, and the progress that has occurred over the last several years.

Standing in front of the Work Camp is Annette Schaefer (right) and Rita Dooley (left). Annette Schaefer is the Tri-County Community Corrections Coordinator. Rita Dooley is the Mecosta County Comm. Corrections Director. Annette is giving Rita a tour of the facility to demonstrate the benefits of a Work Camp.

Above is a picture of the living quarters for the offenders who have been selected to participate in the Work Camp program. The living quarters are much more relaxed than those of a jail or prison. The felons who are housed at this facility are those who have committed non-violent crimes.

Pictured above is a Tri-County Community Corrections Van which is used to transport work crews to and from the work sites.