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 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
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,
providing healing to 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 Team
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 except
for the months of July and August.
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 Towana 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
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 Teen Program.
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
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
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.
Matrix Human Services
120 Parsons Street
Detroit MI 48201
MPRI contractor and programs. Also Way-to-Work program for transportation.
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.
Personally, the webmaster of this site HAS been able to get parolees into Target for quite a few years now!
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 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.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
Operates the Heartline Residential Program, helping women make the transition from prison to home.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Gateway To Glory Ministries
P.O. Box 863
Sterling Heights MI 48311-0863