On April 25 KPEP President and CEO Bill DeBoer and Case Manager Damion Payne participated in a Reentry Roundtable hosted by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Patrick Miles. The roundtable was organized to raise awareness of reentry employment efforts for formerly incarcerated individuals.
At the roundtable U.S. Attorney Miles pointed out that Michigan has a recidivism rate of 28 percent – far below the national rate of 66 percent. However, he and the attendees concluded that supporting reentry programs is critical to preventing repeat offenses and incarceration, reducing crime and building safer communities.
During the roundtable participants highlighted various reentry efforts taking place in West Michigan, including KPEP’s programs. Participants agreed that securing employment is a key component of reentry success. FOX 17 and WZZM 13 covered the discussion and WOOD TV 8 conducted a follow up interview with U.S. Attorney Miles about the importance of reentry programs.
In addition to KPEP, the event was also attended by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody and representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections, West Michigan Works!, the Grand Rapids Police Department, Criminal Justice Chaplaincy, Hope Network, Butterball Farms and Cascade Engineering.
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