The City of Lansing serves as the Administrative Agency for the Offender Success Program in Michigan's Region 7, which is comprised of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.Region 7 works with nine other regions and the State of Michigan to ensure the continual improvement and excellence of this program. The Offender Success Program serves to reduce crime and recidivism while working to enhance public safety.
Background & History of Offender Success
The Michigan Offender Success Model is in alignment with Governor Snyder’s plan for “Reinventing Michigan” in the following key areas: Reinvent Our Government, Restoring Our Cities, and Winning in Michigan through Relentless Positive Action.
The Offender Success Program was previously known as the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI). In October 2003, Governor Granholm spoke via videoconference at an event on Michigan State University’s campus. The event was the kickoff of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative. At the event, over 140 correctional professionals and state agencies were brought together to form a coalition determined to promote public safety and reduce Michigan’s costly recidivism.
In 2004, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officially launched the initiative. MPRI was based on the National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) Transition from Prison to Community Initiative (TPCI), which had launched three years earlier, in 2001.
The mission of the Michigan Offender Success Model is to reduce recidivism by implementing a seamless plan of services, supervision, and opportunities developed with each offender and delivering through by a collaborative effort between the State, the Regions and the local community with the goal of obtaining employment and self-sufficiency. In order to achieve our mission, we are targeting service provision to meet the identified needs of returning offenders, thereby reducing their risk of recidivism and enhancing their employment opportunities and achieving self-support starting with their entry into prison to their transition, reintegration and even the aftercare in the community.
The vision of the Michigan Offender Success Model is that every offender released from prison will have the tools needed to succeed in the community, the opportunities to utilize those tools to be productive, self-sufficient citizens, and the chance to engage and experience the community life.
Offender Success Program Goals:
- Ensuring the process for each parolee begins with the admission into prison and continues through discharge;
- Providing programs and interventions to modify the prisoner’s risk factors as identified in their risk and needs assessment;
- Rationally allocating access of resources according to risk management assessment to ensure each prisoner have access to programs and services to migrate risk factors;
- Having Offender Success partners participate in the planning and implementation of each offender’s transition accountability plan;
- Following up with the offenders to make sure they are accountable for their actions and the responsibilities are upholding.
Statewide, the Offender Success Program has proven that it is beneficial for all. The number of parolees convicted has gone down and the overall crime has also decreased. Fewer parolees are returning to prison with a rate of one in three versus one in two parolees. More importantly, the money that would have been spent on prison can now be reinvested into community resources, about $290 million can be used towards supervising and helping returning citizens succeed.