Film crew will use prison closed since 2009

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

STANDISH, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan prison closed since 2009 will be used to make a movie.

Crews from a movie titled "Heartlock" plan to spend three weeks at the Standish prison, starting Tuesday, 80 miles north of Flint. The movie is about the unique relationships between prisoners and guards.

The Michigan Department of Corrections charges $40 to $60 per hour to open buildings, turn on electricity and perform other tasks. Spokesman Russ Marlan tells The Bay City Times that the Standish prison was used in "Escape Plan," a 2013 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but never for three weeks.

Business owners can't wait for the visitors. Perry Pelton of Wheeler's Restaurant says business has suffered since the prison closed.

Some officials hope the prison will reopen, but the Michigan prison population isn't growing.


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