- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Plans are moving forward for a monument to honor Michigan prison officers who have died working to protect their communities, colleagues and prisoners.

The Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1PJdB77 ) the Michigan Corrections Organization wants to build the memorial on its downtown Lansing property.

Andy Potter, chief of staff at the union, says plans for a monument have long been discussed. The newspaper reports that earlier this year a group of retired corrections officers rallied support for the idea.

The Michigan Department of Corrections isn’t involved with the memorial plans. Department Director Heidi Washington says in a statement, however, that it’s “important for us to recognize the sacrifice our officers made” and notes “we should honor those who gave their lives to protect us.”

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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