Michigan is one of the better states in America when it comes to supervising prisoners who are released after their full terms.
Only 7.3 percent of Michigan prisoners walk out of their cells with no supervision. The national average is 22 percent.
The Pew Charitable Trust's Adam Gelb tells WOOD Radio only 5 other states had a better supervision rate than Michigan for what Gelb calls "maxed out" prisoners, those who serve their full times.
He says being behind bars for years in such a controlled lifestyle requires a transition period back to the local community.
He credits the nearly decade-old Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative for keeping ex-cons from falling back into crime.