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Second Chances

Program gives high-risk probation violators another chance for change

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Thumb Correctional Facility Officer Elwanda Ray named 2018 Corrections Officer of the Year

Elwanda Ray, a corrections officer at Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, has been named the 2018 Corrections Officer of the Year for her compassion, integrity and professionalism.

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Tuscola County Agent Toni Narvais-Cooklin selected as MDOC’s 2018 Parole/Probation Agent of the Year

Toni Narvais-Cooklin is the Michigan Department of Corrections’ 2018 Candice Dunn Parole/Probation Agent of the Year for her continuous efforts to learn, improve her skills and bring new ideas to the department.

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Ojibway Correctional Facility Institutional Training Officer selected as the 2018 Michigan Department of Corrections Director’s Award winner

Matthew Clausen, an Institutional Training Officer at Ojibway Correctional Facility, has been named the winner of the Michigan Department of Corrections Director’s Award for his involvement in developing improved training for corrections staff statewide.

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Pups and Prisoners Prepare for New Life

Story on Colorado Correctional Industries K-9 program

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Hope Café

For many, the thought of going to prison can feel without hope. While looking at the rate of return to correctional institutions, former Deputy Secretary Jody Becker and Performance Manager Bryan Irwin wanted to seek out input from people who are directly impacted by incarceration.

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Column: State’s prison recidivism rate is improving

Michigan's recidivism rate is at a historic low and the parolee employment rate is up as a result of the Michigan Department of Corrections' Offender Success model

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Free Eye Exams for Inmate Family Members Visiting at CMCF

Family members visiting inmates at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County receive free vision screening

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Local inmates create art, convince prison staff to hold first ever auction

An ambitious and unprecedented prison event culminating in Tacoma and this program aims to do much more than rehabilitate inmates.

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Michigan recidivism rate falls to its lowest level at 28.1 percent

The number of Michigan offenders who return to prison has reached its lowest level since the state began recording three-year re-incarceration rates.

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The 2017 Louie Wainwright Award

ASCA honors Dave Donahue with the 2017 Louie Wainwright Award at our 2018 Winter Conference in Orlando

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DOC intercepts drug in inmate's mail at Canon City area prison

Great job CO DOC!

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Juvenile Lifers’ Prepare For Life Outside Of Prison With Virtual Reality

CO Juvenile System

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MDOC Calling on Businesses to Help Find Jobs for Ex-Offenders

MDOC getting it done!

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Michigan Department of Corrections Honor Guard celebrates 30 years of service

Formed in 1987, the honor guard has included nearly 100 members in its 30 years. In three decades they have provided a stoic calm at hundreds of funerals and have represented the department at hundreds more ceremonies and parades.

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CDOC Highlights 2017 Accomplishments

Colorado Department of Corrections significant 2017 accomplishments

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Michigan Department of Corrections partners with Wayne State University School of Medicine for oversight of prisoner health care

Wayne State University has partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections to oversee the health care for inmates in the state’s prisons. The agreement gives the state access to WSU’s network of medical experts, and cutting-edge technology backed by leading academic health care experts.

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This prison is using VR to teach inmates how to live on the outside

Story done on Colorado's Virtual Reality program by Vice News.

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Michigan Prisons Work To Keep Out Drug-Smuggling Drones

Drone technology is quickly becoming more sophisticated — and more affordable. Now, criminals are using drones to smuggle drugs, cell phones and even weapons to inmates in prisons.

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Celebrating Heritage at Monroe Correctional Complex

Close to 150 inmates and staff packed the Monroe Correctional Complex Twin Rivers Unit visitation room for the Native American Heritage Celebration Event.

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Michigan Department of Corrections receives award from Department of Defense program for support of employees in the Armed Forces

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi E. Washington accepted the Pro Patria Award for the department’s efforts to support employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves.

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Gus Harrison Correctional Facility inmates grow, donate produce

Timothy Buis, a corrections program coordinator at Gus Harrison and one of the staff members helping the prisoners with the pumpkins and other produce in the gardens at the facility, said in addition to the pumpkin donations they also give up to 10,000 pounds of produce to places such as the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, The Daily Bread of Lenawee and the Adrian Senior Center.

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Metro Detroit based program changing lives of many people serving time

The program is called Chance For Life. Its founders have created a faith and accountability based curriculum inside the walls of prisons across Michigan. The mission is to give inmates the tools to transform who they are at their core.

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2017 Tom Clements Innovation Award goes to Colorado DOC Executive Director Rick Raemisch

ASCA’s Tom Clement Award was created in 2015 to honor the memory of Tom Clements, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was assassinated in the line of duty in March 2013.

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2017 Michael Francke Career Achievement Award winner- Ohio DRC Director Gary Mohr

The Michael Francke Career Achievement Award distinguishes an ASCA member who has given outstanding service to the agency(ies) in which he/she has served.

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Gov. Rick Snyder greets Jackson prisoners, tours new Vocational Village

The Vocational Village is only the second in Michigan - with the first beginning in Ionia's Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility. Snyder said he wants to continue to grow the program and start a new one at a women's prison.

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Michigan inmates paroled with new job skills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder toured the new prison school Monday, meeting with Wood and other inmates in the Jackson program, which officially launched in late August.

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Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

Opinion editorial published by The New York Times, written by Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch. Details why we ended long term solitary confinement in Colorado.

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Prison Population Management Plan

The Sixty-fifth North Dakota Legislative Assembly mandated the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) develop a prison population management plan.

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Spokane Corrections Employees Give School Supplies to Families Impacted by Incarceration

The Department of Corrections' section one field offices in Spokane, Wash. recently held their annual back to school event.

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