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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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Cradle to Prison Pipeline

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, in the United States 1 in 3 Black and 1 in 6 Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of being sentenced time in prison at least once in their lifetime. Boys are five times as likely to be incarcerated as girls. In general, all...

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Changing the Narrative: Video Response

In Michigan, 41,000 people are in state prison and of those, 5,121 are currently serving life sentences.  Many of them could be contributing socially and economically to the state of Michigan. Commutations are usually granted for good behavior or to soften an...

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The Full Picture

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi There are a lot of factors that go into a judge’s sentencing decision. That’s why it's important to tell the whole story.  At Professional Probation and Parole Consulting, we work with lawyers to help our...

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Correctional Population Statistics

Numbers tell a story. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice used data from the Bureau of Justice to gather information about the correctional population and the facts are still relevant today. From 2014 to 2015, the number of adults in correctional facilities...

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About the Author

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