state prison inmate en Michigan bills aim to help parolees land jobs <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation in Lansing is designed to help inmates find a job when they leave prison.</p><p></p><p>The bills would let Michigan certify felons' skills and character to help them during the job application process. The "certificate of employability" could go to parolees based on their criminal history, institutional behavioral record, and vocational and educational training.</p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:38:02 +0000 Associated Press 15987 at Michigan bills aim to help parolees land jobs Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that would require parole hearings for more than 300 <a href="">juvenile offenders serving life sentences.</a></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that sentencing juvenile offenders to automatic life without parole constituted “cruel and unusual” punishment.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:20:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 15504 at Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail Michigan prison system credits Tasers for guard attack drop <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's prison system is crediting the introduction of Tasers for a drop in attacks on its employees.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Corrections issued the electronic stunning devices in five prisons in December 2011 and expanded the deployment system-wide last year.<br><br>The Lansing State Journal says a Michigan prison employee uses a Taser on a prisoner about twice a day. It says there have been 576 Taserings since Oct. 1, 2012.<br><br>The Corrections Department says prisoners attacked employees 579 times in 2012, down from 644 in 2011 and 688 in 2010. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:55:58 +0000 The Associated Press 14129 at Shakespeare helps prisoners change <p>Frannie Shepherd-Bates is a Shakespeare geek. She is also executive artistic director of the <a href="">Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company </a>in Detroit.</p><p>Twice a week, Shepherd-Bates drives from metro Detroit to the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, which is about 10 miles south of Ann Arbor, to share her love of Shakespeare.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:33:33 +0000 Kyle Norris 12313 at Shakespeare helps prisoners change Michigan prison inmate owes $353 after losing teeth trial <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan inmate who blamed prison officials for his bad teeth has another cavity to fill: a $353 bill for his failed lawsuit.<br><br> A judge has ordered Jerry Flanory to pay for transcript costs, copy fees and a nominal $20 for the state's cost of the one-day trial. The money will go to the state of Michigan.<br><br> Flanory claimed his teeth and gums suffered because he was cut off from toothpaste at a prison in the Upper Peninsula. The state denied the allegations and said the Flint man had only five teeth when he entered prison.<br> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:13:01 +0000 The Associated Press 9297 at Trial starting over Michigan inmate's bad tooth <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - An inmate who blames Michigan prison officials for gum disease is getting his day in court.<br><br> Jerry Flanory's lawsuit against three people is going to trial Monday in federal court in Marquette. He claims he lost a tooth in 2006 and suffered gum disease because he was denied toothpaste as a punishment for not attending prison classes.<br><br> The state says the doomed tooth was already loose and that Flanory had access to plenty of toothpaste.<br> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:39:15 +0000 The Associated Press 9106 at