In Michigan, Parnell Correctional Facility parolees are getting new chances at healthy, productive lives thanks to a new program that helps to give them skilled trade certifications and jobs. The program, called Vocational Village, is at Parnell Correctional Facility in Jackson, and it’s the second prison in the state to offer a training program for skilled trades.
Inmates who participate in the program that its comforting to know that they will have a direction and a legitimate source of income when they get out of prison.
Many have gone from not knowing if they would be able to get a job to having their pick, and many businesses are getting in on the program, which will help even more parolees in the future.
Parnell Correctional Facility: Vocational Village
On Monday, Governor Rick Snyder toured the new Parnell Correctional Facility prison school and met with inmates to get their take on the program that was officially launched at the end of August.
Vocational Village is part of Michigan’s efforts to help reduce the rate of recidivism by preparing prisoners to reenter life. The hope is that with productive, well-paying jobs, they will be much less likely to return to the prison system.
This is especially the case for those that have felony records, which make it hard to find solid employment. The program helps parolees with such records to get jobs at places like Alta Equipment Company and Rockford Construction.
Michigan has noticed a falling population in their prisons, which officials credit to re-entry programs, as well as falling crime rates. In fact, the number of inmates is the lowest that the state has seen since 1993, according to spokesman Chris Gautz.
The hope is that graduates of Parnell Correctional Facility Vocational Village will see the same re-entry success with the help of a good job, and a sense of purpose, so they can begin to live productive, law-abiding lives.