Prisoner Re-Entry Program Shows Promise

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The Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative program in Washtenaw County got off to a slow start but appears to be picking up steam, reported the Ann Arbor News. The Michigan Department of Corrections administers the initiative, which now has 18 sites across the state. Nonprofits receive funds to offer services such as housing and job-search assistance to ex-convicts. Eight of the 90 parolees released to Washtenaw County through the program since January 2007 are considered recidivists, an 18 percent rate that compares favorably with the typical county recidivism rate of around 76 percent. However, officials caution that it usually takes two years after release to truly measure recidivism. Some fear that the program may soon be overwhelmed. The pilot program is set to extend to all parolees in October. At the same time, state budget cuts have engendered proposals to release more nonviolent offenders. 
 
Program for Ex-convicts Makes Strides in County
09/08/2007 | Ann Arbor News (Michigan)

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  1. I am writing for a man who will be released from prison in a little over a year from now, providing he has a place to live once he gets out. He needs information on any organizations here in Chicago that will help him obtain housing and a job. He has been in and out of prison for selling drugs most of his life. He started dealing drugs in his early teens. He will turn 50 this year. His only son, the youngest of his three children, is in prison doing hard time. Neither of his two adult daughters will speak to him or even acknowledge him as their father. His common law wife left him when their oldest child was about 8 years old and since then has started a new life without him. Unfortunately he spent a total of five years in and out of his childrens lives due to his trips to prison. His mother died suddenly during one of the periods he was in prison. He’s the eldest of five boys and his siblings all refused to have anything to do with him once their mother passed away. He never knew his real father. His stepfather was abusive and threw him out of the house at the age of thirteen. He graduated from the 8th grade barely able to read at a 2nd grade level. But he taught himself to read and write while in prison. He is not bitter and clearly see’s how foolishly he has acted over the years. He only hope and pray for a chance to make good of the time he has remaining and to spend the rest of his life free on the outside. Surely there is a place in Chicago where someone is willing to help an ex convict make a fresh start in a new direction. I ask that you please provide any information you can on all organizations in and around the Chicago area that can help this man get housing and a job which would provide the start he so desperately need. He is really a nice person who at a very young age was influenced by bad people who took advantage of his innocence. Thank you so much and may God Bless you for any and all help you can give him.

  2. I am writing for a man who will be released from prison in a little over a year from now, providing he has a place to live once he gets out. He needs information on any organizations here in Chicago that will help him obtain housing and a job. He has been in and out of prison for selling drugs most of his life. He started dealing drugs in his early teens. He will turn 50 this year. His only son, the youngest of his three children, is in prison doing hard time. Neither of his two adult daughters will speak to him or even acknowledge him as their father. His common law wife left him when their oldest child was about 8 years old and since then has started a new life without him. Unfortunately he spent a total of five years in and out of his childrens lives due to his trips to prison. His mother died suddenly during one of the periods he was in prison. He’s the eldest of five boys and his siblings all refused to have anything to do with him once their mother passed away. He never knew his real father. His stepfather was abusive and threw him out of the house at the age of thirteen. He graduated from the 8th grade barely able to read at a 2nd grade level. But he taught himself to read and write while in prison. He is not bitter and clearly see’s how foolishly he has acted over the years. He only hope and pray for a chance to make good of the time he has remaining and to spend the rest of his life free on the outside. Surely there is a place in Chicago where someone is willing to help an ex convict make a fresh start in a new direction. I ask that you please provide any information you can on all organizations in and around the Chicago area that can help this man get housing and a job which would provide the start he so desperately need. He is really a nice person who at a very young age was influenced by bad people who took advantage of his innocence. Thank you so much and may God Bless you for any and all help you can give him.