- Associated Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

STANDISH, Mich. (AP) - Lights, camera - razor wire.

A prison in Standish, closed since 2009, will be used for a movie titled “Heartlock,” about the unique relationships between prisoners and guards.

Crews plan to spend up to three weeks at the former maximum-security site, starting Tuesday. It’s a boost for local businesses that have been hurting since the Corrections Department locked the gates, 80 miles north of Flint, nearly five years ago.

Standish is hurting really bad,” state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, told The Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/1iGLjMH ). “The unemployment up there is terrible, and it’s not getting any better.”

The Corrections Department charges $40 to $60 per hour to open buildings, turn on electricity and perform other tasks, spokesman Russ Marlan said.

He said the Standish prison was used in “Escape Plan,” a 2013 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but never for three weeks.

“It’s a drama that deals with the interactions between inmates and guards and the manipulating that goes on, on both sides,” said “Heartlock” co-producer Curtiss Hall.

Perry Pelton, owner of Wheeler’s Restaurant, wishes the prison would reopen. But Marlan said Michigan’s prison population is not growing.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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