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A mid-Michigan woman who authorities say embezzled more than $400,000 from her disabled 9-year-old son's estate faces prison after entering a plea to resolve the case. The Lansing State Journal reports 32-year-old Kasie Pruden-Rivera of Eaton County is scheduled for sentencing June 28 after pleading no contest to one count of embezzling more than $100,000.

The plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd says based on a lack of previous convictions her sentencing guidelines will likely top out at 20 months.

Michigan will continue paying a company for prison food and to use its software while transitioning back to having state workers run prison kitchens.

A state subcommittee on Tuesday approved a new $35 million one-year contract for Trinity Services Group. The full State Administrative Board is expected to vote next week.

Michigan prosecutors are seeking to keep more than 200 juvenile lifers behind bars despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says the punishment should be limited to the rarest of cases. One of those lifers, Kevin Boyd, was 16 when prosecutors say he plotted with his mother to kill his father. He says he's changed - and now at 40, he's hoping for a second chance.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to require that the Michigan Department of Corrections have a policy allowing for the hiring of felons. State law prohibits people convicted of felonies from being employed in the prison agency. It apparently was a reaction to fears over the state hiring felons as corrections officers. 

The legislation, signed Thursday, makes an exception if the job doesn't risk public safety or the operation of the department. An extensive background check and written approval from the department director will be required.

Legislation heading to Gov. Rick Snyder would require the Michigan Department of Corrections to have a policy allowing for the hiring of felons. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, months after the measure won House passage. A 1996 law prohibits people convicted of felonies from being employed in the prison agency.

Western Michigan man sentenced after 2 rape convictions

Oct 12, 2017

A West Michigan man has been sentenced to 24-51 years in prison for drugging and raping two women. Thirty-two-year-old Larry Stiff learned his sentence Tuesday after a Muskegon County jury last month convicted him of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving incapacitated victims. He received the sentence for each of the counts and will serve the sentences at the same time. 

The Muskegon Chronicle reports four women testified their drinks were drugged before they were sexually assaulted. Two others said they were drugged but managed to escape being assaulted.

GRPD launches program for formerly incarcerated women

Sep 25, 2017

To help break the cycle of recidivism, The Grand Rapids Police Department launched the CLEAR Program for Women Tuesday to help keep formerly incarcerated women from going back to prison. An acronym for Coalition, Leadership, Education, Advice, Rehabilitation, the CLEAR Program is a weekly support group that offers emotional and logistical assistance to women who have been recently released from prison. Grand Rapids police officer Ruth Walters facilitates the group. She says many women who serve time behind bars are a byproduct of the environment in which they were raised.

A 19-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a man after what authorities called a road rage incident in western Michigan has been sentenced to prison. Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Quist on Monday ordered Christian Hillman of Ada Township to spend 22 1/2 to 100 years in prison. Quist called the assault on 64-year-old William "Andy" McFarlan of Caledonia a "heinous and vicious attack." McFarlan died after being in hospice care for weeks with a severe brain injury after the Sept. 29 attack near Grand Rapids.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law criminal justice changes that advocates say are intended to keep criminals from reoffending.

About 30 percent of Michigan's 41,000 inmates return to prison within three years, and half have been locked up for parole or probation violations.

Combating recidivism saves the government money and makes citizens safer, according to backers of the legislation enacted Thursday.

Snyder signed the legislation at a Kalamazoo coffee shop that hires ex-offenders and helps them with life skills such as paying bills.

 

A jailbreak in Muskegon turned out to be more of a rescue effort for the prisoner on the run. A prisoner in the Muskegon County Jail who attempted to break out didn't get very far, and ended up stuck in the walls of the jailhouse.

Jacob Humphrey, an inmate at the detention center, tried to escape through a ceiling utility hatch on Wednesday, January 11th. Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin says an officer noticed the hanging utility hatch in the booking area around 8 p.m. and decided to investigate.

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