WHO WE ARE
First and foremost, Washtenaw Prisoner
Reentry is about making Michigan residents safe in their homes
and their neighborhoods. It recognizes that
95 percent of all prisoners eventually return home—more than
10,000 every year. Their choices, along
with their opportunities, have an impact on every
citizen. When we help parolees succeed, we
cause crimes NOT to be committed.
Established in 2005, the Michigan Prisoner
ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) is a statewide initiative funded
through the Michigan Department of Corrections.
The number-one goal of the MPRI is to reduce
crime. It does that by better preparing
parolees before they return to the community, making smarter
decisions, about how is released and when, and providing
enhanced supervision, and services in the community. In
2011, MPRI was institutionalized state-wide and renamed
Prisoner Reentry. No longer an initiative, Washtenaw
Prisoner Reentry sets the bar for reentry services in the
state of Michigan.
It is a comprehensive strategy that starts
by identifying the weaknesses and risk factors of prisoners
through effective assessments when they begin their
sentences. It then sets in motion services
to address those issues while they are
incarcerated. It ensures that all parolees
have what Warden Kenneth McKee calls “a game plan for
success,” including a team of community supporters who will
help them carry out the plan.
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS