NOTE: JUST ADDED 6/26/2014
The cost of obtaining birth certificates is a barrier to the homeless, returning citizens and others wanting
to re-enter the workforce but do not have necessary identification. Oakland County's Board of Commissioners
has passed a Resolution that will allow for a reduced/waived fee for birth certificates for those born in Oakland County only, as long as the individual requesting the reduced or waived fee presents a letter from a social service agency indicating that the person has an economic need. Wayne County has an Ordinance (Sec. 129-311) that allows for a waiver of fees under $20 or less and allows for social service agencies to assist clients to obtain their birth certificates at 50% of the required fee of $22 upon evidence of economic hardship.
NOTE: JUST ADDED 6/24/2013
Did you know The Friend of the Court in ALL of the Counties in the State of Michigan have forgiveness
and matching programs for state-owed child support arrearages? If the custodial parent of the child(ren)
received public assistance, child support arrearages are typically owed to the State. The forgiveness
program will waive all of the State-owed arrearages and the matching program will reduce the state-owed
arrearage by the same amount of the payment made to the custodial parent. (Any arrearages owed to the
custodial parent are the property of that parent and only that parent can agree to waive arrearages, accept
a lower amount or enforce payment). The forms can be found on any of The Friend of the Court websites
and do not require a fee or a hearing; just simply fill them out and send them to The Friend of the Court
in the County in which you owe the child support arrearages for processing. State-owed child support
arrearages can be forgiven for a number of reasons such as prior incarceration, medical debt, currently
residing with the children or custodial parent, disability and a variety of other reasons.
NOTE: JUST ADDED 10/23/2012
There has been a change in the Driver Responsibility Fee statute effective October 1st of 2012.
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
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.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in June of 2011, 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.
You can find help to do that at the following Resources!
Judge Mathis Community Center
19320 Greenfield Road 1 Block North of 7 Mile
Detroit MI 48235
The Judge Mathis Community Center can refer offenders that meet the requirements to an organization
to aid you in the expungement process. Pick up an application Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
Expunge Your Record Workshop
The Wayne County Community College District and the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, in partnership with Judge Deborah A. Thomas, are hosting community forums on
expunging your record. Information provided will include which qualifies for expungement, presentation
in the criminal justice system and employment opportunities and voting rights for convicted felons.
Attorneys will be on hand for a Q&A session as well. For more information and the next available dates,
please contact the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 313-496-2704.
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.
This link is very helpful!
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
back into your family, including resources for parolees.
SUPPORT GROUPS & MENTORING PRISONERS & FAMILY SUPPORT
Lifeline Prison Ministry
P.O. Box 252763
West Bloomfield, MI 48325
Phone: 248-250-4043 Larry Gudith
Our inter-denominational ministry is compromised of over 4,300 volunteers, Serving in all 30 state correctional facilites and all 83 county jails in the State of Michigan, who are caring, loving, non-judgemental Christians
who are totally dedicated and devoted to serving broking men, women, and children who are impacted by
the walls of incarceration.We are merely servants in God's ministry, devout Christians, serving God as the
Holy Spirit directs us. We share a passion to share the knowledge of the love, peace and joy that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can bring to their lives.
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.
Hope 4 Healing Hearts
Kirk of Our Savior Church
36660 Cherry Hill (between Newburg & Wayne Roads)
Westland, MI 48185
Phone: 734-646-2237 Bonnie
Hope 4 Healing Hearts has been created to bring families together: those that have fallen victim to shame, embarrassment and pain. This group support program will allow families to share their stories in a safe environment. The intention is to provide resources for financial, emotional and spiritual assistance, giving individuals an opportunity to find peace, hope and healing. It meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every
month at Kirk of Our Savior (in the downstairs fellowship hall) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Mothers Of Inmates Support Team
Fellowship Chapel Church
7707 W. Outer Drive
P.O. Box 23356
Detroit, MI 48223-0356
M.O.I.S.T. is a support group whose mission is to provide encouragement, referrals, information
and education to mothers and female caregivers of inmates and their families. It meets on the
3rd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm 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.
Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach
127 North Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
P.O. Box 19119
Detroit, MI 48219
If you would like to be on her mailing list to get notice of the support group meetings,
please send an email.
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 find useful.
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
P.O. Box 03759
Highland Park, MI 48203
Phone: 313 743-1941 Mary Johnson
Our Goals for the individual is to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of our clients through
assessing each participants’ needs on an individual basis, by ensuring each of our clients attain
and maintain tools required to live productive lives. This is achieved practically by providing a
food pantry and clothing closet for our participants, providing bus passes for those in need of
transportation, assistance increasing program availability to our consumers based on individual
needs. Our professional staff then decide the course of action to help our clients reach their
maximum potential; this is achieved through our extended services as counselors for the community
to conservatively grow the service level through our programming. As the quality of services we
provide increases, there will be an increased budget availability to decrease the amount an individual
returns to using drugs, alcohol and living an abusive life-style to improve the quality of living for many
of us in the communities in which we live
Camp New Day (for children and youth of incarcerated parents)
Albright United Methodist Camp
3156 190th Ave.
Reed City, MI 49677
Phone: 231-832-9094 OR 231-480-1795
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 $360 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.
Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry 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
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons (M.I.S.S.)
P.O. Box 401335
Redford, MI 48240
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society is an international group based in Michigan. They occasionally have
coffee meetings. They provide help by chatting through their website. Their mission is to help families cope
with the anguish of having a loved-one in prison, by letting them know they are not alone. They send in holiday cards, do phone outreach, re-entry programs, ministry counseling, and provide general information about MDOC regulations.
Michigan Citizens for Justice
Royal Oak, MI
Michigan Citizens for Justice is an advocacy and support group for sex offenders and their families.
This group is affiliated with the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws
Michigan Citizens for Justice
Washtenaw County, MI
Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Michigan Citizens for Justice is a support and advocacy group for people convicted of a sex offense,
their family and friends.
HOPE Community Church
14456 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48215
Support group for families with incarcerated loved ones. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday
of every month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Hope Community Church. Children are welcomed and
transportation may be provided.
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
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! Website: www.michpri.com
Catholic Social Services of Wayne County
9851 Hamilton Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 883-2100
Garrison Place Office Building
19855 West Outer Drive Suite 207E
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 792-9286
15450 E. Jefferson Avenue Suite 190
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Phone: (313) 852-1200
Michigan Prison Re-Entry Initiative – (MPRI) Contractor
This initiative offers a variety of basic services to parolees and probationers who are being released
from prison. Services include: Didactic group sessions conducted in the prisons. Follow-up counseling
for both individual and family, Information and Referral Network.
GENERAL AID FOR GOING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, JOB TRAINING AND WORK
Keep in mind that the "Ban the Box" program is making progress and opening the doors for returning
citizens as well as the free bonding & tax credit programs listed below! Two companies that have removed questions about criminal histories from their job applications are Target and the Wal-Mart Stores. This allows
you to get "a foot in the door" with these companies and get an interview before the background checks are
done. Federal labor laws do NOT explicitly prohibit companies from discriminating against ex-offenders.
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
Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC)
9851 Hamilton Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
CSSWC's Worthy Able and Ready program helps ease the transition of returning citizens age 18 and older
re-entering into society from prison.
A treatment program for perpetrators of sexual abuse, providing comprehensive services to perpetrators involved in sexual abuse, incest, domestic violence and Internet crime.
Offers other programs such as Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention programs, Education and Literacy programs, Senior programs, etc.
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 educ-
ational and/or vocational goals and obtaining employment. PROVE provides monthly peer meetings,
counseling, parenting classes, tutoring, grade monitoring, educational advice and application assistance.
L.I.F.T. Women's Resource Center
16180 Meyers Rd.
Detroit, MI 48235
Provides life skills workshops, parenting training, computer and employability training for women
recovering from domestic violence, substance abuse, returning citizens and recent foreclosures
for those age 18 to 60+.
CareFirst Community Health Services
8097 Decatur Street
Detroit, MI 48228
Outpatient counseling to substance abusers as well as other services such as Aftercare services
for returning citizens and a residential program for homeless HIV/AIDS women and their children,
HIV testing and counseling and more. Services the City of Detroit.
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 to reduce the occurrence of relapse and stop the “revolving door’ of incarceration.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Employment Development Services
3111 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
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.
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
Matrix programs are impacting lives. We offer programming at more than 35 locations and have served
the city of Detroit and surrounding areas for more than 110 years. We continue our work, educating
children, supporting families and rebuilding neighborhoods in Detroit.
1852 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: 313-894-8276 OR 313-894-8444 ext. 2207
SHAR's service delivery continuum ranges from:
residential substance abuse
intensive and traditional outpatient programs
specialty programs for men
individuals under correctional supervision (i.e. parole or probation)
individuals with co-occurring disorders
SHAR is continuously evolving and developing innovative ways of positively impacting our community.
TAX INCENTIVES AND WORK CREDIT INCENTIVES FOR EMPLOYERS
TO HIRE RETURNING CITIZENS
Michigan Fidelity Bonding Program
The fidelity bond covers job seekers who are considered high-risk due to some factor in their personal
background and who have been rejected by a commercial bonding company. Fidelity bonds provide
100% insurance coverage and have no deductible; the employer is fully protected against losses resulting
from employee dishonesty. Bond insurance coverage ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 for a six-month period.
As an incentive to hire members of a targeted population, employers receive the bond coverage FREE OF
CHARGE for the first six months of the covered employee’s employment.
Federal Bonding Program
Employment Services Agency
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
3032 West Grand Blvd - Ste 9-450
Detroit, MI 48202
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. Print off a copy of the form above.
Michigan Bureau of Workers’ & Unemployment Compensation
3024 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 11-450
Detroit, MI 48202
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.
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, USA.
2785 East Grand Blvd.
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.
Gateway To Glory Ministries
P.O. Box 863
Sterling Heights, MI 48311-0863