NOTE: JUST ADDED 10/23/2012
There has been a change in the Driver Responsibility Fee statute effective October 1st of this year.
The Driver Responsibility Fee is levied by the State against drivers who had seven or more points on their driving record or who were convicted of “qualifying offenses.” The fees range from $100 to $2000. The law was changed in 2009 to allow for payment arrangements over a 24 month period which allow the driver to keep their driving privileges if they can get an approved payment arrangement. The effect of this law means that people that can’t pay these large fees probably drive without a license and insurance. The new law does away with the $150 driver responsibility fee charged for two consecutive years, for the following violations committed after October 1st: operating a motor vehicle with an expired license or without a valid license, having more than one license and failing to surrender licenses from other states.
It also eliminates the $200 driver responsibility fee charged for two consecutive years for the following violations committed after October 1st: failing to have insurance, failing to produce proof of insurance
and knowingly providing false evidence of insurance.
D.H.S. has made a policy change to the Bridge Card (food stamp) Program. There is now a LIFETIME ban on those persons wishing to receive FIP (cash assistance) OR FAP (food stamp) benefits if they were convicted two or more times for the use, possession or distribution of controlled substances occurring after August 22, 1996.
Wayne County STEP PROGRAM
(Freedom Through Expungement)
Mr. Rick Jones
640 Temple, 5th Floor
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: 313-833-4587 OR 313-833-3470
A program geared toward assisting Wayne County residents to get your adult felony conviction and/or juvenile adjudications set aside (expunged) to make it easier for you to get a job, housing and credit.
You must meet very specific criteria and not everyone is eligible. Through this program you will be
provided a number of free services that will help you obtain a set aside but you must pay a $10 fee to
obtain a certified copy of your judgement. An applicant can only have ONE non-violent conviction and
be a current Wayne County resident. Federal convictions can only be set-aside by a Presidential pardon.
NEW!! Effective 6/24/11
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation yesterday allowing judges to expunge a person's criminal record
if there are up to three minor offenses on it. Under current law, the limit is one offense. A minor offense
is a misdemeanor or ordinance violation--punishable by no more than a 90-day term and $1,000 fine--
committed when the person was 21 or younger. The change will make it easier for people to have a clear record when looking for work.
CRIMINAL RECORD REPOSITORY
Criminal Justice Information Center
Michigan State Police
7150 Harris Dr.
Lansing, MI 48913
This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.
A written request must be submitted to the Criminal Justice Information Center including a name for record search, date of birth, race, sex and social security number. A fee of $5, payable to the “State of Michigan,” should accompany the request.
SELECTIVE SERVICE INFORMATION
In order to participate in federally-funded financial aid and job programs, it is necessary to register for the Selective Service. The law requires that all males register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Later registrations are accepted but not once a man reaches the age of 26. If a man is over the age of 26 OR
if he is being denied eligibility for federal student financial aid, federal job training or federal employment,
he should contact Legal Aid at 877-964-4700 for assistance with registering late. Registration can be done online at www.sss.gov, at the local post office or high school or by mail at Selective Service System, Registration Information Office , P.O. Box 94638, Palatine IL 50094-4638. Failure to register may result in prosecution and if convicted, a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years. (During peacetime, with registration only, the maximum is a fine of up to $2500 and/or a prison term of 4 months.
MICHIGAN RE-ENTRY SITE FOR LEGAL ISSUES
Michigan ReEntry Law Wiki
An excellent site that covers a huge range of legal issues for prisoners and parolees. Also covers
the legal restrictions regarding employment for parolees. See below for more information on the MPRI program in regards to job training, employment, etc.!
LEGAL RIGHTS FOR EX-OFFENDERS
The Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. in cooperation with the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, have produced a handbook to help parolees understand their legal rights and responsibilities upon reentering their community. The handbook is designed to assist you in making the transition from prison to the community. Parolees frequently have barriers to employment, housing and public benefits and child support issues to name a few issues. This handbook explains your rights to you and how you can obtain representation from the L.A.D.A. groups.
Wayne County Office
Detroit MI 48226
Oakland County Office TOLL FREE CLIENT INTAKE LINE:
28 N. Saginaw, Suite 510
Pontiac MI 48342 877-964-4700
248-253-1548 ext. 4006
Macomb County Office
21885 Dunham, Ste. 4
Clinton Township, MI 48036
FREE TATTOO REMOVAL FOR PAROLEES
Dr. Eric Seiger has partnered with the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation to provide no-cost tattoo removal services to former gang members who voluntarily enroll in an effort to change their lives, eliminate stigmatizing obstacles to employment and to overall healthy lives, and to foster positive community interactions. Individuals need to apply in order to be selected to participate in "Freedom Ink." To qualify
for this program, all applicants must commit to living a gang-free life, be employed or currently seeking employment, and perform at least 20 hours of community service before beginning the tattoo removal process. Priority will be given to those with visible gang tattoos (head, neck, forearms) and to those who
have children. Also has an MPRI program!
Detroit Hispanic Corporation
Detroit MI 48216
your family, including resources for parolees.
SUPPORT GROUPS & MENTORING PRISONERS & FAMILY SUPPORT
Prisoners, Wives, Girlfriends and Partners (PWGP)
Michelle Walker, Chapter Organizer
Phone: 313-355-4217 New phone number!
The mission of PWGP is to address the needs of those with an incarcerated partner, serve as a resource
for families, provide opportunities for advocacy and collaborate with the community to enhance public awareness to eliminate stigma. PWGP promotes healthy relationships through education, support, and fellowship, preparing partners for reintegration and reunification, working under the belief that keeping families together aids in reducing recidivism.
Lifeline Prison Ministry
P.O. Box 250763
West Bloomfield MI 48325
Phone: 248-250-4043 Larry Gudith
Offers "One Day With God Camps" which reunite inmates with their child, Angel Tree program, Inmate-
Children summer camps, Celebrate Recovery (12-step Christ-centered program) for inmates and their
families with habits, hurts or hang-ups, family support groups, mentoring and a letter writing team writing
and supporting the inmates and his/her family members. Has over 520 volunteers state-wide serving over 2500 inmates and their families.
Man Power Mentoring Inc.
5575 Conner St. Suite 201 (MOMS Building)
Phone: 313-924-0583 call for an appointment
Walk-ins welcome Monday & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are a parolee who paroled on or after Oct. 1st, 2009 OR are in the M.P.R.I. program, you are eligible
to have a mentor to assist you through your transition through this program! If you have children ages
14-18, they can receive mentoring as well. Mentoring benefits include being matched with a mentor who
can increase your resources, get help with your business, on-the-job training or job placement, increase
your networking opportunities, and get help with family reunification activities.
Incarcerated Loved Ones JUST UPDATED 2/2/2013
28351 S. Gratiot Suite 14
Roseville MI 48066
A free monthly support group for persons with a family member or friend who is serving time behind
bars. The group is held on the first Friday of each month at the address above. Call to confirm the
time or for more info!
Hope for Healing Hearts
Kirk of Our Savior Church
36660 Cherry Hill (between Newburg & Wayne Roads)
Westland MI 48185
Phone: 734-646-2237 Bonnie
A grief support group for adults that have an incarcerated loved one. We are a non-profit, accepting
those that live too far to attend. Meetings are the second & fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Mothers Of Inmates Support / Fellowship Chapel Church
7707 W. Outer Drive P.O. Box 23356
Detroit MI 48223-0356
Feel like its your fault that your child is incarcerated? M.O.I.S.T. is the place for you! We are a Christian
support group for mothers and female guardians of children incarcerated. We welcome all the 3rd
Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fellowship Chapel Church.
Family of Prisoners United Support Group
Phone: 248-969-1580 Bertha
Phone and email support for families of the incarcerated and occasional meetings in Auburn Hills.
Family of Prisoners Support Group (F.O.P.S.) / American Friends Committee
1414 Hill Street (behind 1416 Hill Street)
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at above address. Its goal is to help each other
with emotions, money management, resources, transportation, advocacy and whatever else members
LIFT OFF (a mentoring program for children of prisoners)
Alternatives for Girls
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 48208
Phone: 313-361-4000 #235
Accepting both boys and girls ages 4-19 in this mentoring children of prisoners program.
Helping Our Prisoners Elevate
Lakeshore Economic Coalition
7310 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 48202
"2nd Chancers" support group. Open to families of loved ones incarcerated, ex-offenders,
past parolee's and probationers, etc.
80 Strong Community Outreach
17800 Woodward Ste. 100-A
Detroit MI 48203
A new program to help women who have been incarcerated with provisions necessary to survive
and stay out of prison, such as food, clothes, shelter, employment referrals and to provide spiritual
guidance as well as a mentoring program.
Camp New Day (for children and youth of incarcerated parents)
Albright United Methodist Camp
P.O. Box 94
Hopkins MI 49328
Campers will have the opportunity to sleep in cabins, swim, hike, tube,canoe and play, as well as enjoy
arts and crafts, music, hear stories from the Bible, see some old friends as well as make some new ones.
At night campers enjoy a campfire. There is a fee of $369 but partial or full scholarships ARE available
for all campers. No child should not attend because of an inability to pay!
Macomb County Caregiver's Choice Program
A new Macomb County youth mentoring program for Macomb County children ages 4-18 with a parent
in prison. The program receives funding through the U.S. Department of Human Services and is provided
by the county's Michigan State University Extension Office. Children will be matched with a mentor to help them with homework, play sports or lend an empathetic ear.
Mentor program provides youth between the ages of 10 and 23, who are involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, the opportunity to positively interact with an adult mentor. Also provide mentoring
to youth at risk who are referred by their school or parents.
PO. Box 38659
Detroit MI 48238
If you are 13-18 years old and want to be prepared for your future, meet new friends, travel, learn new
things and help others all while having fun....then you definitely want to become apart of the RubyGirl
Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative / Mentor Michigan Program
206 E. Michigan
Lansing MI 48933
Phone: 517-241-6493 OR 517-241-5080
A free Mentoring program for children between the ages of 5-17 who have a parent in a Michigan prison.
AWANA Lifeline Prison Ministries
For prisoners and families of prisoners.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons (M.I.S.S.)
P.O. Box 401335
Redford MI 48240
MICHIGAN PRISONER RE-ENTRY PROGRAM (M.P.R.I.)
The M.P.R.I. Program in Michigan has been very successful (90% average success across the state!)
in helping parolees get into job training and jobs along with counseling and many other services such
as obtaining identification, clothes, food, housing etc. to prevent their return to prison.
The very FIRST step however is for the parolee to speak to their parole agent and obtain their approval
if the agent feels the parolee is a good match for the program. Most agencies that are contractors for the department however, have a long waiting list so it may take some time to get into the program. When the parolee does receive a referral, make sure it is taken to the recommended agency IMMEDIATELY to get on
the waiting list (make sure your address and phone numbers are on the referral before turning it in!). Call
back occasionally and make sure the agency has any updated contact information such as addresses and phone numbers. If they cannot reach you, they will move on to the next person on the waiting list!
PLEASE NOTE: Very shortly, prisoners who participate while in prison, in the PRE-MPRI program and participate in a "in-reach" with their counselor will be given priority over released parolees for this program. This will make it even harder for already released parolees to get a spot in this program. Therefore, if you
are on parole now, speak to your agent immediately for a referral to the program nearest you!
GENERAL AID FOR GOING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, JOB TRAINING AND WORK
Probation Parole Outreach & Referral Center
17800 Woodward Ave. Suite 215A
Detroit MI 48203
Probation Parole Outreach provides a number of specialized employment assistance programs for
our clients. The goal of these programs is to assist their specific circumstances and backgrounds as opportunities and employment issues. PPO believes that the opportunity for successful reintegration
into society for returning citizens is enhanced by their participation in positive and supportive programs.
Assaultive Offenders Employment Support Group (Male and Female)
CSC Employment Support Group (Male and Female)
New Beginnings Support Group (Male and Female clients who have served multiple years
On-the-Job Training (OJT): Only by referral from the agency providing the funding
Substance Abuse Prevention Employment Support Group
Housing & Shelter Referrals
Substance Abuse prevention / recovery
Medical Services / Mental Health Services
Women Arise – PROVE Project
Detroit, MI 48215
PROVE (Post-Release Opportunities for Vocational Education) was created by a community-based program with funds from a federal lawsuit brought by women prisoners in Michigan. The participants, formerly incarcerated women, receive educational/vocational assessment, assistance in meeting educational and/or vocational goals and obtaining employment. PROVE provides monthly peer meetings, counseling, parenting classes, tutoring, grade monitoring, educational advice and application assistance.
PO Box 2002
Monroe MI 48161
Our mission is to empower women as they make the transition from treatment and/or incarceration to interdependent lifestyle, in a homelike environment. We hope to assist women in reconstructing their
lives and returning to our community with skills that allow them to be self-sufficient. Our goal is tor
reduce the occurrence of relapse and stop the “revolving door’ of incarceration.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Employment Development Services
New Start Employment and Training Project
3111 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: 313-964-3900, ext 406
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit provides services to individuals who are serving probation or have
been recently released from a county or state correctional facility for a non-violent offense. Services include job readiness training, paid transitional work experience, basic academic and remedial training to improve math or reading skills and job placement. Employment follow-up/retention services are also provided.
AIDS Partnership Michigan
2751 E. Jefferson #301
Detroit MI 48207-4100
The oldest AIDS multi-service organization in Michigan, serving Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Lapeer, and Wayne County has a re-entry specific medical case management program assisting individuals in transitioning from jail or prison back into the community. Services include access to HIV testing, medical
and psychiatric care, therapy, treatment adherence, transportation, food, emotional support and advocacy.
2424 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit MI 48208
Crossroads Employment Offices
14641 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit MI 48215
2424 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit MI 48208
The staff helps clients write and tweak resumes, compose cover letters, and apply for positions using
the Internet. In addition to helping with the basics, Crossroads Employment Office holds a bi-weekly
group session over a light lunch called Job Club. Crossroads may also be able to help with things like
work uniforms, eye glasses, non-skid shoes for someone with a new restaurant job or pay for a certification fee. They have purchased food handler's cards, chef's coats, etc. in order to get returning citizens back to work.
3627 W. Vernor Hwy.
Detroit MI 48216
S.W. Solutions is a non-profit that is in partnership with Detroit GreenWorks Solutions which provides
green jobs training to disadvantaged residents of S.W. Detroit to train them for the new "green jobs".
Open to returning citizens! You must live in one of the following zip codes: 48208, 48209, 48210, 48216
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Detroit MI 48216
Provides services to ex-offenders with an array of bilingual services that will assist them reintegrating
into their communities and families including assessment, case management, job readiness and placement,
family reunification, anger management, adult education, life skills, and HIV counseling and testing as
well as follow-up services.
NOTE: Also has a tattoo removal program for those with gang tattoos. These are removed free but client
does need to donate some volunteer time. (see top of the page!)
Matrix Human Services
120 Parsons Street
Detroit MI 48201
Detroit MI 48201
Various services for both male & female parolees.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit's "Flip the Script" Program
7700 Second Avenue
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: 315-557-8777 OR 313-557-4818
Flip the Script prepares minority men ages 16-30 who reside in Wayne County for non-traditional
careers in the Skills, Building, and Construction industry, by providing math, reading, social, and
life skills. The program's curriculum is centered on training and/or retraining participants in the
critical areas of mathematics, reading enrichment, positive relationship development, fatherhood,
workplace ethics and "the other 16 hours" that are important to becoming economically self-sufficient
and a positive head of household.
Early intervention, recovery orientated, faith-based outreach program designed to help residents and
family by providing a wide range of community-based services including triage, prevention education,
training, treatment and referrals. Has special programs for parolees!
Hardtohire.com is a very user-friendly website for those who have barriers when it comes to employment, including ex-offenders.
TAX INCENTIVES AND WORK CREDIT INCENTIVES FOR EMPLOYERS
TO HIRE RETURNING CITIZENS
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective
and serve their intended purpose.
A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.
Employment Services Agency
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
3032 West Grand Blvd - Ste 9-450
Detroit, MI 48202
B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private
for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.
Michigan Bureau of Workers’ & Unemployment Compensation
3024 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 11-450
Detroit, MI 48202
PRISON MINISTRY GROUPS FOR THOSE INCARCERATED AND PAROLEES
P.O. Box 1550
Merrifield VA 22116-1550
Crossroad Bible Institute
P.O. Box 900
Grand Rapids MI 49509-0900
Broken Yoke Ministries Inc.
P.O. Box 5824
De Pere, WI 54115-5824
For those with same-sex attraction and CSC charges or convictions.
Lifeline Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 1070
Taylor MI 48180
PRISON MINISTRY GROUPS / PROGRAMS FOR PAROLEES
Life Challenge of Southeastern Michigan
Detroit MI 48219
Life Challenge of Greater Flint
1230 Dupont Street
Flint MI 48501
A one-year residential Christian-growth program providing care for men and women with life-controlling
addictions. Life Challenge is an interdenominational ministry affiliated with Teen Challenge International,
2785 East Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 482116
Phone: 313-872-7831 OR 313-556-2015
Next Steps serves returning citizens who have NO probation or parole requirements (therefore is NOT
an M.P.R.I. contractor). Participants must have a pending release date or potential release date of more
than one year and must be residents of Wayne County. The program offers support services such as a personal integration plan, Identification restoration & assistance, assistance with vocational and business development training, assigned mentors and social network support activities.
Also accepts those with CSC convictions.
HOPE (Helping Operations for People Empowered)
(an affiliate of Tabernacle Baptist Church)
Detroit MI 48210
This new group offers after-care support along with guidance and encouragement needed to fulfill requirements of parole and the individual goals of ex-prisoners, grief counseling, interviewing & resume writing, a clothing closet, health care through Covenant Care, referral services for housing and substance abuse treatment and mentor training & matches.
Wings of Faith
Dept. of Health & Wellness
5555 Connor 5th Floor
Help with housing and job referrals.
Transition of Prisoners, Inc.
P.O. Box 02938
Detroit, MI 48244
Transition of Prisoners, Inc. (TOP) is a program that accepts people with criminal records who have been released from incarceration 30 days or less. TOP utilizes the services of area churches, community agencies and social service agencies to offer assistance to its clients. After attending four weekly group sessions a client is matched with an area church and a mentor. A case manager develops a transition plan with the client to meet the needs of the individual client. The assigned mentor assists the client in completing the transition plan. TOP provides referrals for basic essentials, food, clothing, shelter, and helps to arrange for job training and/or job development. Workshops on developing cognitive skills and conflict resolution are conducted in-house.
Gateway To Glory Ministries
P.O. Box 863
Sterling Heights MI 48311-0863