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Michigan Second Chances Program

A total of 8,642 Michiganders were approved for release on parole in 2020. Providing services to returning citizens can change the trajectory of their lives by reducing recidivism and providing pathways to stable employment. The $30 million fund would help justice-involved individuals employed in pathway jobs. The potential parole population for Michigan during the next three years could be more than 25,000 people based on 2020 statistics. Similar programs run by the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) report their programming has an ROI of $3.30 per $1.00 spent, and 22% reduction in recidivism.