Prisoner Reentry Resources

Information and assistance for people who have recently been released from custody

General/ Multiple Legal Areas

How Do I Clear My Name?
A guide to help you obtain and correct your records if they contain crimes you did not commit.

Is Your Criminal Record Holding You Back?
Contains information and forms required to expunge certain criminal records.

Sample Criminal Record Request to the Michigan State Police
Known as an FOIA-Affidavit of Indigence

Frequently Asked Questions about FALSE ARREST
Use this resource for answers to common questions about false arrest, legal arrest, and probable cause.

Frequently Asked Questions about POLICE BRUTALITY
Police officers are allowed to use force to restrain persons, but not more than is necessary. Use this resource to find out more about how "Police Brutality" is defined.

Offender Tracking Information Sheet
Michigan Department of Corrections site where you can obtain your rap sheet as well as contact information for cleaning up outdated records.

Expanded Use of Criminal Records and Its Impact on Reentry
Criminal records have become available and used for non-law enforcement purposes to an unprecedented extent. This article examines several trends have dovetailed, with catastrophic effect for persons with criminal records.

Please browse our general client resource library for more information on many topics of interest to reentering individuals.

Family Law

How Can I Pay Child Support While I am Locked Up?
What you need to know about paying child support if you are, were, or might be incarcerated.

Notice to Incarcerated Party: Instructions
Instructions for those requesting an order involving children where they are required to give notice to another party who is incarcerated.

Please browse our Family Law client resource library for further information.


Employment Information Handbook: Inmate Transition
This handbook comes from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prison, and gives information about jobs, education, and other materials for inmates after their release from prison. 

National H.I.R.E. Network
A national organization which helps prisoners reenter by increasing the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by improving public policies, practices, and public opinion.

Please browse our Employment client resource library for further information.


Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions



Reentry Service Providers

Individuals with criminal records can find assistance with employment, education or vocational training through various government agencies and community-based organizations including the following. 

Michigan Works! is Michigan’s state workforce development system offering 110 service centers in 25 regions throughout the state. These centers provide locally designed and operated services, including staff that are able to meet the needs of the local population and training and other skills needed to prepare individuals for the demands of the local labor market. Job seekers can post their resumes for review by employers who are recruiting workers. Many services are offered on a self-serve basis. However, if a client needs help dealing with particular issues or difficulties, such as how to address their criminal record to an employer, the centers have specialized staff able to meet the individual’s needs on a case-by-case basis. Center staff are sub-contracted from local agencies, but are not separated by agency within service centers. Clients can register anywhere in the state where they will be entered into a central system, so that their account can be accessed from any other center. Locations of service center are available at the web site: or by calling 800-285-WORKS.

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Project Transition is part of Matrix Human Services, a multi-service social service agency. It is a residential treatment program that is mandated by the court or parole. A person with a criminal history may stay from 90 to 180 days. There is a mandated 12-week outpatient component as well. Participants receive various forms of counseling ranging from substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and anger management. Workshops are presented on resume writing, dressing for work and how to find and keep jobs. There is no job placement or development available. At this time (5-06) there is a question as to the future of this program. No new clients are being accepted; however, aftercare for current clients will continue.

Clyde Poag, Interim Director
Project Transition
16260 Dexter
Detroit, MI 48221

Transition of Prisoners, Inc. (TOP) is a program that accepts people with criminal records who have been released from incarceration 30 days or less. TOP utilizes the services of area churches, community agencies and social service agencies to offer assistance to its clients. After attending four weekly group sessions a client is matched with an area church and a mentor. A case manager develops a transition plan with the client to meet the needs of the individual client. The assigned mentor assists the client in completing the transition plan. TOP provides referrals for basic essentials, food, clothing, shelter, and helps to arrange for job training and/or job development. Workshops on developing cognitive skills and conflict resolution are conducted in-house.

Joe Williams, Executive Director
Transition of Prisoners, Inc.
P.O. Box 02938
Detroit, MI 48244
313-875-3886 fax
Web Site:

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit provides services to individuals who are serving probation or have been recently released from a county or state correctional facility for a non-violent offense. Services include job readiness training, paid transitional work experience, basic academic and remedial training to improve math or reading skills and job placement. Employment follow-up/retention services are also provided.

Nancy Walczak, Manager
Employment Development Services
New Start Employment and Training Project
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
3111 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
313-964-3900, ext 406
Web Site:

PROVE (Post-Release Opportunities for Vocational Education) was created by a community-based program with funds from a federal lawsuit brought by women prisoners in Michigan. The participants, formerly incarcerated women, receive educational/vocational assessment, assistance in meeting educational and/or vocational goals and obtaining employment. PROVE provides monthly peer meetings, counseling, parenting classes, tutoring, grade monitoring, educational advice and application assistance.

Caron Jacobson, Executive Director
13100 Averhill
Detroit, MI 48215
313-331-8797 fax

To locate free or low cost legal assistance:

  • Visit the home page and search for local assistance by entering your zip code in the box marked “Find a lawyer, organization or related service to help you with your problem.” or

  • Look under "attorneys" in the yellow pages to find your local legal aid office, or

  • Contact the Michigan State Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (800) 968- 0738. 

  • Persons age 60 or older, regardless of their income, may be able to receive free advice from the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors by calling (800) 347-5297.