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  1. 1. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 The Pugsley Connection Keeping You Informed August 2009 State Police Post Commander Jeffery Anthony and ARUS Dawn Ellsworth LAW ENFORCEMENT GETS INVOLVED When I was approached back in the fall of 2008 regarding participation in MPRI, my first thought was, “What role could law enforcement possibly play in this initiative?” I have spent my entire career trying to gather enough evidence to put criminals behind bars, not working to try to keep them out of prison. I have long been a proponent of building more prisons and locking away those who cannot play a positive role in society. With some apprehension, I attended my first MPRI meeting to see what this new initiative was really about. I was pleasantly surprised by the attendance of various professionals from multiple disciplines, and the dedication they brought to this project. At the conclusion of the meeting, I signed up to be the law enforcement representative on the steering team for the northeast 14 counties. It was clear that when it came to incarceration, my motto of, “If you build it, they will come” was antiquated thinking and needed to be modernized. It was the proverbial “no-brainer” when it came to my involvement. First of all, it is important to clear up a common misconception about MPRI. MPRI is not an “early release” program. All participants have completed at least their minimum sentence. These individuals are going to be paroled anyway, so why not add some tools that ensure the parolee has the best possible opportunity for a successful transition back into their communities. Many states, Michigan included, have historically done a poor job of preparing parolees for re- entry into the general population. A vast majority often walked out of prison with limited 1
  2. 2. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 transportation options, little or no financial support, no employment prospects, and most significant, no place to stay. Is it any wonder that nearly half returned to a life of crime? It should be clear to everyone that we cannot continue to warehouse all offenders. One of the very best ways to reduce our prison population is to reduce the rate of recidivism. The benefits of this reduction are numerous, including reduced burden on taxpayers, stronger family unity, and safer communities. As part of my participation in MPRI, I began doing a law enforcement workshop at Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley. I spend approximately 1 ½ hours talking with prisoners who are about to be released. I was undeniably skeptical about what kind of reception a uniformed state police officer would receive, but I could not be more pleased with the active dialogue and positive response. My first session involved 12 participants with varying backgrounds. The initial reception was lukewarm. However, as I provided examples of specific assistance I was willing to provide, the eye contact increased and heads began to nod. There was some very positive discussion throughout my presentation and afterward. I have since been contacted by two of those individuals who are now out of prison and trying to rebuild their lives, and reconnect positively with their families and communities. I am pleased to report that I was able to assist both subjects with their issue of concern. The first individual had a handgun registered in his name and stored at the residence he intended to occupy when released. I was able to contact a relative and provide guidance on the removal and sale of the weapon so that the parolee would not be in violation the moment he entered the residence. In the second instance, a parolee who is also a registered sex offender had been threatened by a neighbor who believed that the parolee was violating his parole conditions. There was concern that future incidents may result in an assault. I was able to speak with the subject’s parole agent and determine that no violation had occurred. I then personally contacted the neighbor and discussed the issue with him. At the conclusion of our conversation, he was satisfied with the explanation of terms, and thanked me for taking the time to come to his residence and address his concern. He agreed that had it not been for some type of police intervention, escalation was inevitable. The parolee was equally pleased with the response and swift resolution of the potential conflict. These are just a couple of examples where law enforcers across the state can play a significant role in the MPRI process. MPRI offers so much more to those who take advantage of the opportunities presented. I strongly encourage law enforcement officials to educate yourself about MPRI and use it as a tool to keep your community safe. Space does not permit a thorough review of all law enforcement intervention potential, but I would suggest that you are only limited by your initiative and resourcefulness. In closing, I do not intend to imply that all participants will become solid citizens. I am very realistic in my expectations, and I assure you that my number one goal is to catch those who violate our citizenry. However, if preventing crime is truly a priority over solving a crime that has already been committed, how can we as law enforcers pass up the opportunity to do just that? If my participation keeps one parolee from returning to prison, that’ s money saved, family value maintained, a safer community to live in, and one more bed available for the incorrigible. Jeff Anthony is a 29 - year veteran police officer who is currently assigned as the post commander for the Michigan State Police, West Branch and Gladwin Posts. He serves on the MPRI Steering Team for the northeast 14 counties. 2
  3. 3. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 “We are what we repeatedly do, EXCELLENCE, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle COLLABORATIVE FOA News CASE MANAGEMENT Everyone has a “role” in Collaborative Case Management Facility Parole Agent - Dan Bard Transition Team Members meet with offenders as part of the In-Reach Process Here at Pugsley Correctional Facility my position of representative for FOA in a collaborative effort to prepare parolees for their return to the community is a unique challenge. We receive program participants about 60 days prior to their release and the excitement and anxiety of this event is moving. We have some participants who have served less than a year of incarceration, due to jail credits or violation sanction, to offenders who have served over 20 years. This positive energy opens an Collaborative Case Management Training opportunity to lend support or offer guidance is coming to Pugsley to a population that may have been reluctant 9/8/09 10/5/09 in the past. Through programs on mentoring 9/14/09 10/12/09 or job preparation, up to meeting with their 9/21/09 10/19/09 parole agent prior to release, the goal 9/28/09 remains on making better citizens of this population and in turn a safer community. NEW TO PUGSLEY I am pleased to announce that effective New Agent announced August 23, 2009 Captain Joe Chudzinski will I am pleased to announce that Agent Patrick begin employment with Pugsley Correctional Kochanny has accepted the agent position Facility. He comes to us from Standish in Wexford County. Pat comes from the Maximum Facility where he currently holds a Muskegon County Parole Office. He resides Captain position. He will be assigned to 2nd in the Cadillac area and will be a great shift. Please join me and congratulating him addition to the Wexford County Office. His upon his arrival at MPF. tentative start date is September 8th. Congratulations to Pat. -Charles Kennard, Supervisor 3
  4. 4. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 As the new supervisor of Antrim, Grand NEW Parole Supervisors Traverse and Leelanau counties, I am both Appointed excited and challenged to continue the traditions and advancements of this regions Charles Kennard & Charles Welch Have MPRI programming. We have seen first been promoted to parole supervisors hand how Collaborative Case Management and MPRI has not only been a positive “Here is what they have to say” change in the way we all do business but also a benefit to clients and the public by I am extremely excited about my new role as creating a person more prepared for re- Supervisor in Benzie, Manistee, Missaukee, entry. Doing so by brining together a team of and Wexford Counties. I appreciate the motivated community based service support of the Muskegon Area and my providers, CFA/ FOA staff and the client. I dedicated staff. It is a privilege to supervise feel everyone's continued commitment to individuals who are committed to ensuring these ideals will continue to enhance our public safety as they wholeheartedly work overall goal and I am proud to have been with offenders to make positive adjustments given this opportunity to contribute as part of in their lives. We remain excited about the this team. Collaborate Case Management process and the positive impact it is having on offenders in the field. We are fortunate to work closely with the Pugsley Correctional Facility to enhance offender’s successful transition into the community while they are serving their prison sentences. These shared efforts by CFA and FOA enrich the entire Michigan Department of Corrections. Charles S. Welch, Supervisor Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Antrim Counties 328 Washington St. Traverse City, MI 49684 Charles Kennard, Supervisor Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, and Bill Catinella and Gordan Baas Missaukee Counties recently retired from the MDOC. "If you do what you've always Both were instrumental in the done, development and implementation You’ll get what you've always of MPRI in Northern Michigan. gotten." Their Leadership, dedication and -Anonymous service will be greatly missed. We wish both of them the best and a wonderful retirement ☺ 4
  5. 5. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Pugsley Correctional Facility MPRI Unit Pugsley Correctional Facility is expanding the MPRI unit to include offender’s that are within 18months of their Earliest Release Date. Other criterion is that their parole placement or county of conviction must be within 1 of the 24 counties that are covered by the facility through MPRI. The goal is to fully engage these offenders in MPRI Phase I of the MPRI Model and begin programming that will assist them in Getting Ready to go home. Our objective with this change is to have our offenders working, housing and participating in programming together. Evidence shows that creating an environment that is conducive to change can increase an offender’s positive response to Cynthia Follen: MPRI Facility Coordinator changing old behavior and thinking patterns. Our goal is to create a unit where Facility MPRI Updates everyone is working towards the same goal .Going Home and Staying Home. New MPRI In-Reach Facility We will continue to provide Phase I Effective October 1, 2009 Marquette Branch programming to all offenders housing at the Prison Level I will become a MPRI In-Reach facility based on the programming Facility serving the Upper Peninsula. As a assessment and COMPAS outcomes. We result the Pugsley Correctional Facility will expect to have all offenders identified and go from covering 39 counties to 24 counties. placed in the before October 1st. Marquette Prison will serve as the facility of release for offenders designated MPRI with Post ERD Expansion Project a parole code of P-70 returning to Upper The Pugsley Correctional Facility recently Peninsula counties. Marquette staff has trained three staff to assist in providing been working with FOA and Community mandatory programming determined by the Partners to develop specialized In-Reach Parole Board as part of the Post ERD services that are unique to this area’s Expansion Project. Prisoners who are demographics and service providers. Cross granted a D-52 (parole deferral for training and assistance by the Pugsley programming) by the parole board must Correctional Staff and the institutional Parole complete programming prior to release. Agent has been taking place with the MDOC Operating Procedures have been Marquette Staff to ensure the facility is ready developed and are effective Monday for the transition by October 1st. 8/17/2009. Once a prisoner successfully completes mandatory programming then the New MPRI Prisoner Committee Parole Board will be notified and the A “MPRI Prisoner Ad Hoc Committee” was prisoner will be issued a parole (P-70 code). established at the facility to serve as a way Prisoners will be transferred to the to educate the prisoner population with designated In-Reach facility for current accurate information related programming and In-reach services as the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI) prisoners are identified and they meet and will be the means for addressing criteria requirements for placement. The questions, receiving feedback and seeking mandatory programming being provided is input from the prisoner population as it as follows: Beyond Anger 1, Beyond Anger relates to MPRI-related issues. 2 and Sex Offender Dietetic. 5
  6. 6. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Elvin Barren HealthCare for Re-Entry Veterans Program Elvin Barren has been meeting with Pugsley Correctional Facility Incarcerated Veterans Carri Briseno: MRS prior to release as part of the MPRI In- Reach Process. He has been instrumental in A Special Thank You is being sent out to helping our offender’s obtain what is needed Carri Briseno for her work and dedication in to access VA services upon their return to assisting our parolees over the years. Carri the community. To learn more about the has represented Michigan Rehabilitation HealthCare for Re-entry Veterans Program Services (MRS) as a member of the MPRI Please feel free to Contact Elvin. Transition Team. She has been coming to Pugsley Correctional Facility and meeting with prisoners as part of the MPRI In-Reach Process. Carri was accepted into Cooley Law School and was scheduled to begin in August; however she has been notified of her deployment to Afghanistan. Carri’s last th day will be September 18 . She has been Michigan Works has hired a new pleasure to work with and will be greatly employment specialist to assist our missed. Please join me in sharing a special parolees in Emmet/Charlevoix counties. “Thank You” to Carri for her service to us Please welcome Robin Smith to our MPRI and our country. Transition Team. Sincerely, The MPRI Transition Team 6
  7. 7. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Pugsley Gardening Project Last year, Senator Jason Allen and a Genevieve Hoskey Northeast Community Coordinator number of community partners were instrumental in the development of the Northeast MPRI Full Scale Pugsley Gardening Project. In our first With just a year and a half under its belt, the year of operation, the prisoners grew NORTHEAST has made leaps and bounds over 18,000 pounds of fresh food which in growth. Its Steering Team has grown to was donated to the Fresh Food 15 members and the Advisory council Partnership and delivered to local members to 44. The Northeast has served a pantries, shelters and community meal total 383 parolees across 14 counties and is programs. holding the recidivism rate at 12%. Pre- This year the Pugsley Gardening Project release services have been made possible has expanded their gardens in hopes of in Batterer's intervention and family increasing amount of fresh produce they reunification sessions with continued will be able to donate for those in need. services in the community. The Northeast The facility harvested in July 2,568 has fully engaged the In-reach process with pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables 13 different correctional facilities and has and are on their way to another great established 7 Community Transition Team year. Some of the items being grown are meetings that meet monthly across the vast as follows: beans, onions, peas, squash, 14 county area. One of the biggest broccoli, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes accomplishments is the collaborative effort and cucumbers. that has been achieved between MDOC, Many of the prisoners involved in the Michigan Works, and all community gardening project participated and partners. The collective mindset of reducing completed a Master Gardner Training crime with a plan of services and program this past winter and have supervision with each offender has really completed 40 hours of voluntary work to made Northeast's efforts reality. As the help make the Garden Project a huge Northeast Steering team continues this work success. Pugsley is proud to be able to we are looking forward to continued success give back to our community and help and the development of resources that will those in need. continue to serve parolees with their transition from prison back into the Written By: Douglas Walter community. MPRI is a worthwhile initiative that is making a difference with many that we serve through MPRI. 7
  8. 8. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 ParoleCoach.com ParoleCoach.com is a unique and Good day, innovative resource center designed to I recently enjoyed a visit from Cynthia serve and guide parolees in their re-entry Johnson. Cynthia is a MPRI/IDRP process. ParoleCoach.com provides a wide Supervisor in the Office of Parole and range of educational materials and Probation Services, MDOC. This resources, including a comprehensive department oversees the operation of dynamic resource directory, live interactive Tuscola Residential ReEntry Program ParoleCoach Webinars, a cross-indexed (TRRP). TRRP provides programming in a resource library of Instructional Videos and controlled residential setting for male Guides, and links to pre-screen outside parolees. A major facet of that program is resources. ParoleCoach.com’s resource BRIDGES, a domestic violence/batterer center offers a rich, easily accessible, cost intervention pretreatment program. Cynthia effective means of assisting the parolee in has invited us to visit TRRP for a tour and his integration back into the community, and an opportunity to sit in on a BRIDGES his successful completion of parole. session. This is a wonderful opportunity for ParoleCoach.com’s Website is available us to connect facility operations with field 24/7 to parolee participants in the program. operations and our local DV providers in order to learn more from each other so that ParoleCoach.com is presently serving the we may prepare parolees for greater Northeast Michigan MPRI Re-Entry Service success. The visit will be held on Region, with plans to extend services September 24th at 10:30 a.m. Cynthia will statewide. In the first two months of the provide us with a tour and information. We contract service period, Parole Coach will then break for lunch, and return for conducted two one-hour pre-release observation of a BRIDGES session starting sessions in the MPF Facility for 21 inmates. at 1:00. Please RSVP to me by August 26th ParoleCoach.com has conducted six if you plan to attend. Thank you very much successful call in webinars (three per month) for your time, and I hope you can make it! with most participants attending at least two sessions. Parole Coach has successfully Genny Hoskey helped a number of parolees with a range of Northeast MPRI Community Coordinator re-entry issues including transportation, housing, resource identification, work efforts, Sharing Information personal relationship issues and more. For more information, visit our website at and Resources www.parolecoach.com ParoleCoach.com Staff Kmart is offering discount cards to people Patrick C Lynch and Debra A. Boyer receiving unemployment. I called Kmart customer service who stated we could promote this. Kmart and Super Kmart stores We welcome our in the state of Michigan will offer a 20% discount off regularly priced Kmart brand Community Partners take grocery and drugstore merchandise to advantage of this opportunity to eligible unemployed customers who register share information about your for the Program on kmart.com. organizations We have a direct link to this discount now. http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/dap_10151_101 01_DAP_Unemployment+Program?keyword Redirect=unemployed Helps us all 8
  9. 9. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Diasbility.gov is launched by US "There is no medicine like hope, no Department of Labor The U.S. Department of Labor today incentive so great and no tonic so launched Disability.gov, a redesigned powerful as the expectation of federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to something better tomorrow." thousands of trusted resources on disability- O.S. Marden related issues, programs and services. Formerly known as DisabilityInfo.gov, the site has been completely redesigned and updated with new social media tools, such as a blog and a Twitter feed, to encourage feedback and interaction among visitors. Disability.gov is not just for Americans with disabilities, but also for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans, educators, caregivers and many others. PROFESSIONAL Disability.gov features comprehensive EXCELLENCE AWARD information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation. We ask that you please let your constituents know about Disability.gov. You can do this by sending an e-mail to your networks; placing a news item about the site on your Web site, blog or Twitter feed; or by Retired Warden Thomas Phillips including an article in the next issue of your newsletter. We would be happy to supply Pugsley Psychologist and Retired you with any additional communications Warden are Recognized materials you may need. Please let us know if you would like us to send you a press Warden Thomas Phillips retired this year, release, fact sheet, talking points, sample but not before being recognized as one of Twitter posts or news articles. the best. Warden Phillips was instrumental in the incorporation of MPRI initiatives into IMPORTANT: If you are currently linking to the department. He chaired several key www.DisabilityInfo.gov from your Web site, committees, providing keen insight and please take a moment to update your link to representing the best interests of the www.Disability.gov. If you are not currently department with impeccable character and linking to us, we hope that you'll add this to professionalism. Tom worked with your Web site. community agencies to help give back to the (http://www.disability.gov/home/link_to_us). community. In 2008, the prison he oversees, Shared BY: Pamela Lloyd Gorski Puglsey Correctional Facility, gave over Compliments of the Alpena County 18,000 pounds of food to community Human Services Coordinating Council agencies in need. Warden Phillips was an asset to the MDOC, the community, and the people around him. He is missed in retirement. 9
  10. 10. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Con’t: For the last 15 years, MDOC Crew #3 led by Professional Excellence Award Al Strange has been helping the Grand Traverse Conservation District maintain the Psychologist Brian Majerczyk has been 3,000+ acres of parklands they manage, recognized for delivering psychological along with performing restoration and safe services to prisoners and developing skills river access along the Boardman River. for staff. He demonstrated his abilities as the This year, after weeks of hauling rock, team leader, taking on duties at both installing erosion cribbing, and spreading Pugsley Correctional Facility and Oaks compost, Crew #3 completed restoration of Correctional Facility. Brian continues to a high bank erosion site along the excel in his position, even helping Standish Boardman River, within the G.T. County’s Correctional Facility with psychological Natural Education Reserve. The eroding services delivery while maintaining a bank is just a few feet off a recreational trail positive attitude and being a solution finder and poses serious safety issues for trail and when called upon. Brian is widely respected river users, as well as dumping tons of by his peers and is considered a valuable sediment into the river and decreasing water asset by his administrators. quality. Nearly 75 tons of stone were hauled in for the project! The crew was able to cut F.Y.I volume 21 July 23, 2009 25 red pine trees from a plantation in a parkland nearby and use them for the stabilization. The trees not only stabilized Pugsley the slope, but the thinning decreased insect and disease threats within the pine stand. Scholarship The City of Traverse City donated and delivered 60 yards of compost to be used to Golf Scramble get vegetation established quicker, which will aid in the long-term stabilization of this bank. The District provides affordable and environmentally sound land management to the community. This is made possible by the hard work and skill of crew #3 and The Pugsley Golf Scramble was held on leader Al Strange. Saturday July 18 2009 at the Emerald Vale Golf Course in Manton. This year’s event raised 4,000 dollars to be presented to four graduating seniors from the surrounding area. Prisoner Work Crews Help Our Community Written by: Robin Christensen Land Management Specialist GT Conservation District 10
  11. 11. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 individuals which help to defray the expense Keryx Program at of the weekends. Along with this local Pugsley preparation, there are other persons from the local communities and from all over the world who uphold the weekend and participants through specific prayer. To participate in a weekend, a volunteer must have completed a weekend on the outside. The candidates for a weekend are chosen Pugsley Correctional Facility has approved through a sponsorship program. Each and encourages the Keryx Weekend candidate is paired with a prisoner sponsor Program twice each year on the third who has completed a weekend and who will weekend in May and September. This year, be an accountability partner after the 2009, we held the spring weekend on May weekend. 14 - 17. The fall weekend will take place on September 17 - 20. The Keryx program is a Along with candidates, an inside team is lay-led, non-denominational, Christian- chosen to assist the outside volunteers in based ministry designed to be conducted in running the weekend. Inside team members any correctional institution based on the must have 75% attendance of their primary Cursillo method. A weekend on the outside service and weekly groupings and cannot would be called Des Colores, Cursillo or have any major ticket convictions in the Walk to Emmaus. The program was brought months between the bi-annual weekends. from a Florida correctional facility and instituted in Michigan originally as Kairos at Written by: Chaplin Dave Bassett the Kinross Correctional Facility under the direction of the Warden of that facility and Chaplain Ray Moore, now retired. Currently GIVE BLOOD, GET there are 6 men’s facilities and two women’s facilities which sponsor a Keryx program. COOKIES Several years ago when the national Kairos governing board made extensive changes to the program, the Michigan governing board voted to continue to follow the original manual and the name was changed from Kairos to Keryx in Michigan. The first Keryx weekend at Pugsley was in May of 2002 and in May of 2009 we completed our fifteenth weekend. A weekend at Pugsley involves 36 candidates (prisoners who are going through a weekend experience for the first time), approximately 28 inside team members (prisoners who have gone through a personal weekend) and 25 to 35 outside The Facility held their quarterly Blood Drive volunteers. The weekend requires much in July with a total of 30 Units of blood preparation and training time by the donated, including one first time donor. We volunteers. The volunteer team was encourage our community partners to join us assembled for the upcoming September in our efforts by donating blood or weekend by the end of June and the formal sponsoring a Blood Drive. training of team members will begin on August 1 with an all-day training session “Together we can make a difference” followed by four additional evening meetings. The local Traverse Area Keryx group accepts donations from churches and 11
  12. 12. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 Acting Warden named at partners aware of the happenings at Pugsley Pugsley Correctional Facility. The amount of involvement this facility has with the community in a positive manner is something that all our staff can and should be proud of. ERT’s interaction with local law enforcement, the produce provided by the garden project to local food pantries, the projects completed and maintained by the Public Work Crews, charities supported and contributed to, Habitat for Humanity, to name a few. There is no lack of commitment by the facility to be the best neighbor and partner we can be. Acting Warden David Pratt During the current times being encountered not only by or in our With the retirement of Warden Thomas Phillips; Pugsley Correctional Facility Department but the entire State, we have Deputy Warden David Pratt was named a monumental responsibility to the Acting Warden. community to be the most productive facility we can be. Hopefully this newsletter will be a means of keeping not only our staff but those that we work with in the community abreast of the ever changing role corrections is playing within the community. So often we only hear about the After hearing how some facilities were parolees who fail. The Pugsley keeping their staff informed about their Connection wants to share success involvement with MPRI, I spoke with Stories of our parolees. Our MPRI Coordinator Follen concerning the collaborative efforts together have concept and the Pugsley Connection was made a difference and every day we created. We decided that the Pugsley know parolees are succeeding and we Connection would not merely be a way are accomplishing the MPRI Mission. of communicating the changes involving We invite all staff and community the facility in regards to MPRI to our partners to share a parolee success staff, but would be a way of keeping our story. staff, FOA staff and our community 12
  13. 13. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 be represented and ample time will be reserved for questions. Priorities: Balancing Our Priorities: The Prisons and Corrections Section analyzes issues affecting prisons, jails and community- Can We Safely Spend Less on based corrections and engages in public Corrections? education. It is also designed to be a forum for the cross-professional exchange of ideas, October 8, 2009 so membership is open to non-attorney The Inn at St. John’s criminal justice professionals. 44045 Five Mile Road Plymouth, MI The conference program and registration form can be made available through the Faced with an ever-deepening fiscal crisis, MPRI Community Coordinators! Michigan is searching for ways to reduce the $1.9 billion budget of the Department of We hope you will join us! Corrections. The decision of the Granholm administration to parole more people who have served their minimum terms has been criticized by some as a threat to public safety. Corrections employees and communities CALLING ALL where prisons are located oppose facility VOICES!!! closings. Legislators are sharply divided between those who want to reduce the prison population and those who want to privatize prison services. Community-based programs proven to reduce crime are starved for funds. Last year, the Prisons & Corrections Section and four other organizations sponsored a well-received, half-day symposium in Lansing If you would like write an article or share that addressed these questions. The Section is information, The Pugsley Connection now presenting an updated and expanded Committee would love to hear from you. version at a location convenient for those in Southeast Michigan, the beautiful Inn at St. Please submit to: John’s. The symposium, which will run from Cynthia Follen 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., is open to any member Pugsley Connection Editor of the criminal justice community and should be of interest to defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, probation and parole staff, treatment personnel, community service providers and members of law enforcement. The morning portion of the program will focus on population reduction strategies, including those currently being employed, additional alternatives, risk assessment and rehabilitation, and the prosecutor’s perspective. The afternoon portion will address investing in prevention. Speakers will discuss the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, mental health and substance abuse treatment, community corrections and creative jail programs, and removing barriers to reentry. A wide variety of viewpoints will “One offender at a time” 13
  14. 14. The Pugsley Connection August 2009 a Movie package and parking in the Employee of the Month designated parking space. Mitzi was nominated by Denise Bearre. Some of Denise’s comments about Mitzi included, “She has helped develop prisoner Guidebooks and MPRI Pastor Tom Mammoser publications. She is involved in the MPRI committee. She is a positive role model and has Pastor Tom Mammoser will fill a vacancy helped staff and prisoners develop skills needed on the Northeast MPRI Steering Team to obtain employment.” representing the Faith Based Community. Please welcome Pastor Other winners for this year include: January, Mammoser and thank him for Craig Derror, Psychologist; February, Tom volunteering his time and service. Steele, Public Works Officer; March, Brandi Crisp, ARUS; April, Deb Ausdemore, ARUS; MPF Employee Club News May, RUO Maue; June, Jeff Vogue, One of the projects undertaken by the MPF Maintenance; July, Steve Salladay, RUO Employee Club this year was to establish a scholarship fund to benefit students enrolled in the Public Safety class at the Career Tech Center in Traverse City. So far, we’ve had a LaSenorita gift certificate sale fundraiser and a couple of casual days for non-uniformed staff. For the 2008-2009 school year two $250 scholarships were awarded. In addition to fundraising efforts for this project by the Employee Club, a committee was developed to work with other The first edition of the Pugsley public safety agencies in the five-county area to Connection is dedicated to our generate interest and monies for the scholarship. staff and community partners. There seems to be an interest from these other agencies and a network of participants is being Pugsley Connection Committee developed. In other fundraising effort……………… Pugsley Connection Editor The Employee Club has contributed $100 to Cynthia Follen the Pugsley Golf Scramble (which raises Asst. Editor: Mitzi Lewis funds for scholarships awarded to a high Asst. Editor: Marlene Ford school senior of a Pugsley Employee as well as from students from Kingsley, Manton and Committee Members Fife Lake. Jeff Reynolds $100 was contributed to a fundraiser by Denise Bearre Bonnie Fritz (former employee) to raise money Thomas DeNeve to send packages to those in the armed services. Deb Ausdemore $100 was donated to the Honor Guard Doug Walters Fund, which represents the Department at Cynthia Patrick special events. Maxwell Nickerson A request for a donation to the Garden Project at MPF, which raises produce that is The Pugsley Connection will be issued 3 donated to area food banks, was approved for times a year: August, December & April $300. MPF Employee Club Employee of the Month The Employee of the Month for August is Mitzi Lewis, BET instructor. Selection as Employee of the Month entitles the winner to a Dinner and 14

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