Recidivism program comes to Mich. county


By Rod Smith, Special to Hometown Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette 
 
PAW PAW, Mich — A program that has proven successful in preventing parolees from returning to prison is coming to Van Buren County.

The Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative is aimed at reducing the percentage of parolees who get rearrested from 48 percent to the single digits.

Peggy Schaffer, MPRI regional coordinator for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, said Michigan has the fifth-largest corrections system in the United States, though it isn't the fifth-largest state.

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