Category: Public Policy
A Second Chance
Reentry Project Grant Funding
The U.S. Labor Department’s Reentry Project Grant Program is the primary funding source of Project Clean Slate in Detroit and $4.5 million was reawarded on June 27,2017.
Nearly $73 million was awarded in grant funds to 32 service agencies throughout the country to strengthen access to opportunities for individuals in communities with high poverty and crime rates.
The goal is for organizations to develop new models of service with evidence-based practices to improve job opportunities and outcomes for these at-risk individuals and communities.
Benefits of Good Public Policy
The Reentry Grant Program is noted as “good public policy” by Eric Seleznow, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Labor Department as it serves the dual purpose of reducing recidivism for ex-offenders and promoting harm-reduction for the public.
There is clear evidence of the criminal reoffending when s/he does not successfully overcome barriers to reenter society. Public safety is the reward of such programs as Project Clean Slate in Detroit and other high crime areas when ex-offenders are allowed access to legitimate employment opportunities.
State of Michigan Eligibility Criteria for City of Detroit Project Clean Slate
You are not eligible for Set Aside (Expungement) in the State of Michigan if:
- It has been less than five (5) years since your release from prison, discharge from probation or parole
- If you committed or attempted to commit a felony for which the possible maximum punishment is a life sentence including, but not limited to, murder, armed robbery, etc.
- If you have been convicted of any offense classified as “Criminal Sexual Conduct” (CSC) in the First (1st) through Third (3rd) degrees or assault with intent for such conduct (including attempt).
- If you have been convicted of CSC in the Fourth (4th) degree and have more than two minor offenses.
- If you have been convicted of child abuse in the Second (2nd) degree.
- If you have been convicted of child pornography.
- If you have been convicted of an internet or computer offense.
- Any traffic violation is unable to be Set Aside, including drunk driving offenses.
- If you have a felony conviction of domestic violence in addition to a misdemeanor domestic violence offense.
- If you are convicted of a human trafficking crime and cannot prove that you were a victim of human trafficking.
- If you are convicted of an act of terrorism.
- If you have more than one felony, or more than two misdemeanor offenses.
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Welcome to The Community Advocate Network. My name is Deborah Mitchell, I am a graduate in Social Work and Registered Social Work Technician. My human service background began in 2007 which includes medical case management and service navigation for the indigent population, outpatient mental health counseling with substance use and abuse disorders, supportive employment and job development for mental health consumers, and structured living domicile management.
In 2016, I completed my Bachelors Degree in Social Work and began my graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
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