recidivism http://michiganradio.org en Berrien County's program is reducing juvenile recidivism http://michiganradio.org/post/berrien-countys-program-reducing-juvenile-recidivism <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">In a story we aired yesterday on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-europe-provide-us-model-how-operate-prisons">European prisons</a>, we learned the apparent key to reducing recidivism.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;In Europe,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">keeping family ties intact is priceless.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">There’s a juvenile justice plan in </span>Berrien<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 1.5;"> County that’s been applying these principles since 2001, strengthening family ties, and keeping young offenders out of jail when possible.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">And their approach is paying off.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Elvin Gonzalez is the family Division Administrator for the Berrien County Trial Court.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">He said that when looking at the youth who come into to court to look at their family system.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">“Many of the factors that contributed to them being logged with delinquency came from two primary domains, their family domain and their school domain,” Gonzalez said.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Gonzalez said that it was important to address both of those domains and provide interventions that target those areas, strengthen the families’ ability to supervise, effectively monitor and discipline, and support their children.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">“Our belief is, is that kids live in an ecology. That ecology is their family system, their neighborhood, their community, their school and we needed to impact those areas to help youth be successful in our communities," Gonzalez said.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Gonzalez added that while they are trying to fix the source of the youth’s actions, accountability for those actions are not forgotten.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The county has seen a lot of success with their programs.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">In 2001, more than 125 youths were in out-of-home residential placements throughout Michigan. Today, that number has dropped to about 40 youths.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Recidivism has dropped from more than 58% in 1998 to 17.5% in 2012.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">“It’s important that we help kids learn various skills, be more effective in managing conflict, make better decisions – but ultimately, at the end of the day, we need to move the needle on recidivism,”</span> Gonzalez said.</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">*<em>Listen to full interview above.</em></span></span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:43:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 18394 at http://michiganradio.org Berrien County's program is reducing juvenile recidivism Fewer than 1 in 3 Michigan parolees returning to prison http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-1-3-michigan-parolees-returning-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan’s rate of people returning to prison continues its steady decline.</span></p><p>The recidivism rate is now at 29%. That’s an all-time low for the state. It’s a pretty good rate compared to other states, too.</p><p>“That’s really what every corrections department across the country wants to see,” Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said. “You know you’re doing an effective job of transitioning people from prison back to their communities.”</p><p>Marlan says the lower rate translates to safer communities.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:39:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16831 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer than 1 in 3 Michigan parolees returning to prison Snyder administration to cut program that has saved hundreds of millions in prison costs http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-administration-cut-program-has-saved-hundreds-millions-prison-costs <p></p><p></p><p>The State of Michigan spends a huge part of its budget on prisons. In recent years a new program has helped reduce the prison population and helped prisoners stay out of prison. Despite its success, the state plans to cut much of the program’s funding.</p><p>Some people who’ve been in and out of prison are getting out and staying out thanks to a program called Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative or MPRI.</p><p>“After 33 years of doing time, they finally got it right. And today I’ve got a life. I own my own business. I’m living the American dream and it started at MPRI,” Harry Hampton said.</p><p>Hampton has been in prison four times. When he’s been released before, he got no help. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:30:57 +0000 Lester Graham 14335 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder administration to cut program that has saved hundreds of millions in prison costs What are 'social impact bonds,' and will they be good for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-are-social-impact-bonds-and-will-they-be-good-michigan <p>These are the basic questions being raised after Governor Rick Snyder announced "an exciting opportunity to continue the reinvention of Michigan" i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-312016--,00.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">press release</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;this morning.</span></p><p>"Social impact bonds" are coming to Michigan.</p><p>The state was chosen through a national competition to receive help from the Harvard Kennedy School's "Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab."</p><p><strong><em>What are social impact bonds?</em></strong></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:53:59 +0000 Mark Brush 14333 at http://michiganradio.org What are 'social impact bonds,' and will they be good for Michigan? Helping prisoners adjust to life after release http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-prisoners-adjust-life-after-release <p>This Monday, Morning Edition Host Christina Shockley sits down with Mary King as part of our year-long “What’s Working” series. King is the community coordinator in Washtenaw County for the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (MPRI). The MPRI aims to increase public safety and reduce crime and recidivism by providing supportive services to citizens recently released from prison. The services provided include assistance with locating housing, employment, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health treatment.</p><p>In addition to helping released felons get back on their feet in their communities, Ms. King says the MPRI can produce financial savings for the state by reducing the number of prisons in Michigan. While there are many factors that contribute to fluctuations in the prison population, King says recently there has been a substantial decline in the recidivism rate in Michigan, thanks in part to the MPRI.</p><blockquote><p>“What we do know is that returns to prison for people who have been released – which used to be about one for every two people that were released from prison were back within two years – that number has gone down to one in three.”</p></blockquote><p>Before the MPRI came about, King says different agencies worked in local communities throughout the state to connect returning citizens with services they needed. Unfortunately, these localized efforts often lacked both communication with one another and an understanding of what services were most effective to reduce recidivism, says King. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:44:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1639 at http://michiganradio.org Helping prisoners adjust to life after release