***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Senate panel to hear about Pell Grants for prisoners

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has announced that the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Corrections will hold a hearing on Wednesday on the state’s participation in a federal government pilot program to allow prisoners in select facilities to receive Pell Grants.

Who:
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the subcommittee;
Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington;
Dr. Todd A. Butler, dean of arts and sciences at Jackson College;
Pam Clark, executive director of institutional advancement at Delta College;
Janet Howard from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation;
Mark Miller, president and CEO of Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids;
Representatives from Mott Community College; and
Additional subcommittee members.

What:
A subcommittee meeting focused on the state’s participation in a federal government pilot program to allow prisoners in select facilities to receive Pell Grants.

When:
Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m.

Where:
Michigan Capitol
Fourth Floor
Room 402/403
Lansing, MI 48933

Brief:
The majority of Michigan prisoners will eventually return to society, making it critical that the state focuses on rehabilitation and reform of prisoners. The Pell Grants would allow inmates to use federal grants of up to $5,815 to pursue a two- or four-year degree. The grants are part of a strategy to help reduce recidivism and help offenders return to a normal life. Partnerships between state government and Michigan businesses will also be explored.

For more information, contact Proos’ office at 1-517-373-6960.

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