Snyder urges prison job training in justice system overhaul

DETROIT (WLNS) – Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants prison inmates to get job training before release as part of an overhaul of Michigan’s criminal justice system.

The comments were part of his speech Monday afternoon at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, a nonprofit career and job training organization.

Snyder also asks legislators to deal with penalties for probation violation, parole rules for prisoners assessed to have a high probability of success upon release, and the elimination of laws that penalize people for minor infractions.

He says he supports using probation options and diversionary court treatment programs for non-violent offenders such as mental health and drug courts.

Lawmakers created a commission last year to analyze the effect of Michigan’s sentencing guidelines on jails, prisons and courts.

See Governor Snyder’s special message on Criminal Justice here: http://livestream.com/SnyderLive/events/4052422

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