‘I Kind of Redeemed Myself’—College Programs Aim to Shift the Odds for Prison Inmates

Many students enrolled in prison education go on to study toward a bachelor’s degree after release

JACKSON, Mich.—The scene inside this sweaty gymnasium would be familiar to most Americans: new graduates queuing nervously down the aisle as their names were called one by one.

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New program trains Michigan inmates for tree-trimming jobs after prison – Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Department of Corrections and DTE Energy have partnered to train inmates for careers in trimming trees, an initiative to connect returning citizens with jobs after prison while addressing a labor shortage.  Officials unveiled the new program, calling it the first of its kind, at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.

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Prisoners gain opportunity in growth industry: tree trimming – Detroit News

DTE Energy needs more tree trimmers to help prevent downed lines and keep the power on for Michiganians, so the utility is launching a training program for prisoners to join the workforce. The DTE Energy Foundation offered a $100,000 grant to get the program started at the Vocational Village at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.

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DTE partners with Department of Corrections to train prisoners for work after release – Crain’s Detroit Business

DTE Energy is launching a first of its kind program with the Michigan Department of Corrections that is designed to train citizens for work once they are released from prison.

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“I kind of redeemed myself” – College programs aim to shift the odds for prison inmates – Wall Street Journal

The scene inside this sweaty gymnasium would be familiar to most Americans: new graduates queuing nervously down the aisle as their names were called one by one. But this was no ordinary graduation, and these were no ordinary students. The gym is one of the few recreational areas of the sprawling prison complex at Parnall Correctional Facility in south central Michigan, and underneath their purple robes, the students – all in their 30s, 40s and 50s – wore dark blue prison jumpsuits.

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Southwest District Probation Agent Jason Maue named MDOC's 2019 Candice Dunn Agent of the Year.

by MDOC - June 15, 2019

Lansing, Mich. – Jason Maue is the Michigan Department of Corrections’ 2019 Candice Dunn Parole/Probation Agent of the Year for his commitment to Offender Success, his dedication to training and assisting his colleagues and for the positive influence he has on the individuals he supervises.

Maue, a probation agent at the Southwest District Probation office in Lincoln Park, has worked for the MDOC for nine years. He received his award Tuesday night in Lansing at the MDOC’s Employee Appreciation Banquet.

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MDOC holds mock job fairs to prepare Pre-Release participants for life after prison

Breaking Down Barriers

by Michigan Department of Corrections - October 9, 2018

Felony checkbox removed from State of Michigan job applications, statewide licensing applications

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Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs.

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