Part of my internship includes doing research and I think (I am incredibly indecisive) this may be my favorite part. I can spend hours looking up contracts the state of Michigan has with the MDOC. As it turns out, prison is a very, very profitable industry (surprise).
I’m doing better with the prison jargon now. The letters, however, are very specific and individualized so I find myself asking my supervisor for assistance frequently. Each case teaches me how to respond to the next one. There have been many letters on health care and transfer/security inquiry more so then others. There are so many hoops prisoners have to jump through to get their medical care. Sometimes it’s just too late.
Same goes for transfer inquiries. I’ve learned that MDOC tends to house prisoners based on availability and bed space rather then security level. For example, a prisoner who should be at a level 2 facility could be at level 5 maximum security facility or segregation, simply because they have no where else to put him (there is only one female prison). This could be a prisoner on a minor drug case who in reality, is no threat to the public. Now that he’s secluded from social interaction, he could very well suffer mentally and emotionally and end up with more problems then he had going in.