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Michigan recidivism rate falls to its lowest level in state history

Lansing, Mich. – The recidivism rate in Michigan dropped to its lowest rate in state history, placing it among the best in the country.Michigan’s recidivism rate, which measures the percentage of offenders who return to prison within three years of release, has dropped to 26.7 percent.Offenders can be returned to prison for committing new crimes, or for violating the conditions of their parole. The current figures represent individuals who were released from prison in 2016.

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Forest Service patrols backcountry with Wyoming Honor Farm–trained wild horses

By Country 10

When Law Enforcement Officer Katrina Haworth was looking at options to acquire quality horses for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) mounted patrol program, she was hesitant to consider wild horses.

“But then I had the opportunity to see how the Honor Farm trainers work with their horses, starting with essential groundwork and spending the time to instill a great foundation,” said Haworth, USFS Region 1 coordinator for mounted patrol. “I brought that information to the decision-makers and made the case that we could bring good, lightly-started young horses to the program for little to no cost.”

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2019 Francke and Clements Award Recipients

CLA would like to congratulate this year's Francke and Clements Award Recipients who will be honored later this month at a special awards dinner during our All Directors Symposium in Carlsbad, CA. 

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Podcast tackles Francke murder

 By Jim Redden

The Michael Francke murder is receiving new attention in a free iHeartRadio podcast that became available Oct. 24.

The 12-part series explores the ongoing mystery of the 1989 killing of the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that his convicted killer, Salem petty criminal Frank Gable, did not receive a fair trial and probably is innocent. He has been released while the state appeals the ruling.

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It's time for Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants for people in prison

BY JOHN WETZEL AND DR. STANLEY ANDRISSE

Education is transformative. Access to postsecondary education, in particular, equips students with the skills they need to succeed in life and contribute to their local communities. But too many people are barred from accessing postsecondary education – including many people in prisons who are eventually released, as 90 percent of incarcerated people are, and find themselves reentering communities without the competitive skills and qualifications necessary for good-paying jobs.

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