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Top Figures from 2018 Women’s Prison Study

Each year, Prison Policy Initiative composes a detailed report looking at women incarcerated in the United States. The 2018 report broke down specific reasons behind incarceration, which correctional system the women are in, if they have been convicted, and how...

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Questions abound over marijuana cases

On Nov. 6, 2018, the state of Michigan joined nine other states legalizing recreational marijuana. With the passing, individuals 21 and older can purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal...

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Understanding the Point System

Parole is a privilege for prisoners who prove capable of reintegrating into society. And, the parole decision-making process centers on a prisoner’s parole guideline score indicating a prisoner’s probability of parole. A prisoner’s score gives them a high, medium or...

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Making a Parole Plan

No matter the length of a sentence, a prisoner should develop a parole strategy immediately. An important pathway to reintegrate capable prisoners back into society, parole is a privilege that is earned or lost by a prisoner’s conduct while serving time. Today, a...

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MDOC Statistics Findings

In September, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) released statistics about probation and parole supervision from 2016. Here are some of the most interesting findings. There were 8,482 less parolees supervised and 4,132 less probationers supervised in 2016...

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Women’s Prison Study Blog

This year, Prison Policy Initiative wrote a detailed report about 219,000 women incarcerated in the United States. The research breaks down women’s reason for incarceration, which correctional system women are in and if they have been convicted. Interesting findings:...

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Help During the Holidays

One in 28 kids has a parent that will not be home for the holidays and about half the children with incarcerated parents are less than 10 years old. The holidays can be hard for everyone, especially for prisoners and family of those incarcerated. The food can be a...

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Prison Build Program

The Michigan Department of Corrections offers prisoners the opportunity to build houses for low-income families. Founded in 1998 by Governor John Engler, the Michigan Department of Corrections partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help them with their home site...

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Second Chances in the Workforce

The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen the lowest it has ever been in a decade, giving citizens a better chance to find a job after prison. With 5.7 million vacant jobs, people with blemishes on their resumes can get a second chance. According to a Crain’s Detroit...

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Immigration Pardons

Illegal immigration was a hot topic during the 2016 political race and remains so in the current presidency. Between January 22, 2017 and April 29, 2017, 41,300 immigrants were arrested for being in the United States illegally. Of those, 30,500 had been convicted of a...

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Kathleen M. Schaefer is a licensed professional counselor and founder of Detroit-based Professional Probation & Parole Consulting, Inc.
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