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ABOUT Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry

In 2003, Michigan’s prisons were bursting at the seams, in large part because they had become revolving doors for criminals.  Nearly half the prisoners found themselves back in prison within three years after their release.


Correction costs were consuming an ever-growing share of the state’s general fund at the expense of other vital areas, including cuts to higher education and fewer police on the streets.


The return of investment was falling far short in terms of public safety.  We had to find a different, better way to protect the public and preserve limited taxpayer dollars.