Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $59,066)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
In June 2006, the Michigan SAC and the Michigan Department of Corrections started a partnership to evaluate the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI). This initiative seeks to reduce crime by implementing a seamless plan of services and supervision developed with each offender, delivered through state and local collaboration, from the time of their entry to prison through their transition, reintegration, and aftercare in the community.
The proposed study is a continuation of the 2007, 2009, and 2010 Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative projects. The Michigan State University Statistical Analysis Center will complete the final phase of the project. Requests to the Michigan Department of Corrections will be made to gain 2-year post-release follow-up data on recidivism. Recidivism measures will be primarily defined by re-incarceration. All of the data will be examined for relevant patterns. A final report will be submitted detailing the University's findings. The document will be used by public officials to better understand the reentry process, and the challenges and obstacles the offenders face upon reentering society. In addition, the report will help policymakers improve Michigan's Prisoner Reentry Initiative.