pew http://michiganradio.org en Michigan sees decline in prisoner return rate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-sees-decline-prisoner-return-rate <p>Michigan is one of the nation&rsquo;s leaders in prisoner rehabilitation according to a new study from the <a href="http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=85899358529#turning">Pew Research Center</a>. The number of Michigan parolees who return to prison has declined 18 percent since 2000. The Pew Center credits the drop to <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/corrections/0,1607,7-119-9741_33218---,00.html">Michigan&rsquo;s Prisoner Re-Entry Program</a> (MPRP).</p><p>John Cordell is with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says the MPRP reduces crime rates, &quot;which results in less spending on corrections here in Michigan.&quot;</p><p>Not all parolees are part of the MPRP. Cordell said the programs are based on need:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The Michigan&rsquo;s Prisoner Re-Entry Program, we target parolees that are more likely to fail, in the community, with re-entry services.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Before the program began in 2005, half of Michigan&rsquo;s parolees returned to prison. Now, only one in three return. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:55:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2061 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan sees decline in prisoner return rate Granholm joins Pew as senior adviser http://michiganradio.org/post/granholm-joins-pew-senior-adviser <p>Former Michigan Governor<a href="http://jennifergranholm.com/"> Jennifer Granholm</a> will serve as a senior adviser to the <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/">Pew Charitable Trusts&rsquo;</a> efforts to promote clean energy policies, the Associated Press reports. As the AP explains, Granholm will:</p><blockquote><p>&hellip;demonstrate the jobs, manufacturing and exporting opportunities that can come from advancing policies that make cars cleaner, industry more efficient and renewable energy more accessible and affordable.</p><p>Granholm and Pew staff members will meet with clean energy startup companies, research facilities, entrepreneurs, manufacturing plants, elected officials and community members.</p></blockquote><p>Granholm was succeeded in office by Governor Rick Snyder on January 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>Earlier this year, Granholm announced that she would be a contributor to NBC&rsquo;s Sunday news program, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/">Meet the Press</a>&quot; and that she and her husband, Dan Mulhern, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/former-governor-teach-california">received a two-year academic appointment at the University of California- Berkeley</a>. She also announced that she and Mulhern would be co-authoring a book about her time as Michigan&rsquo;s governor. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:30:10 +0000 Zoe Clark 1768 at http://michiganradio.org Granholm joins Pew as senior adviser