Group: Michigan Department of Corrections
The department shall report by March 1 to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on corrections, the legislative corrections ombudsman, the senate and house fiscal agencies, and the state budget director on academic and vocational programs. The report shall provide information relevant to an assessment of the department’s academic and vocational programs, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) The number of instructors and the number of instructor vacancies, by program and facility. (b) The number of prisoners enrolled in each program, the number of prisoners completing each program, the number of prisoners who fail each program, the number of prisoners who do not complete each program and the reason for not completing the program, the number of prisoners transferred to another facility while enrolled in a program and the reason for transfer, the number of prisoners enrolled who are repeating the program by reason, and the number of prisoners on waiting lists for each program, all itemized by facility. (c) The steps the department has undertaken to improve programs, track records, accommodate transfers and prisoners with health care needs, and reduce waiting lists. (d) The number of prisoners paroled without a high school diploma and the number of prisoners paroled without a GED. (e) An explanation of the value and purpose of each program, for example, to improve employability, reduce recidivism, reduce prisoner idleness, or some combination of these and other factors. (f) An identification of program outcomes for each academic and vocational program. (g) An explanation of the department’s plans for academic and vocational programs, including plans to contract with intermediate school districts for GED and high school diploma programs. (h) The number of prisoners not paroled at their earliest release date due to lack of a GED, and the reason those prisoners have not obtained a GED.
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