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 LANSING, Mich., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- State and national criminal justice experts will headline Michigan's Sixth Annual Training Conference on Community Corrections at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City Monday-Wednesday, May 11-13. More than 300 people are expected to attend.
 The conference will focus on training representatives from local governments in implementing and evaluating local comprehensive corrections plans funded under Michigan's Community Corrections Act (PA 511). The purpose of the act is to reduce admissions to prison of non-violent offenders and to improve the utilization of local jail facilities.
 At present, there are 52 Community Corrections advisory boards representing 79 of Michigan's 83 counties voluntarily participating in the act. Additionally, 44 local comprehensive corrections plans covering 71 of these counties have been approved by the state Community Corrections Board.
 In addition to intensive training sessions, the conference will offer seminars on a range of issues and policy developments, including state and national reports on substance abuse and community corrections, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.
 Among the conference speakers will be Michigan's Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld who will give the opening keynote address on behalf of the governor at 9 a.m. Monday, May 11.
 Other major highlights of the conference include:
 -- Monday, between 9-10 a.m.: Keynote speaker Kenneth Schoen, director, Edna McConnell Foundation, New York. This foundation is one of the largest national contributors to criminal justice projects, with a primary commitment to alternatives to incarceration.
 -- Monday, 10-11 a.m.: "From the Bench: Why Judges Need Sentencing Options," a discussion with a panel of distinguished jurists.
 -- Monday, 12:30-2 p.m.: State Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, chair, House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Corrections and author of the Michigan Community Corrections Act; and state Sen. Jon Cisky, chair, Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Corrections.
 -- Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: State Community Corrections Board meeting. Near the close of this meeting, the board will hear public comment from people from across the state who are vitally involved in implementing the Community Corrections Act.
 -- Monday, 2-5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Workshops on "Community Corrections and the Courts"; "Educating the Public About Community Corrections"; and "Monitoring and Evaluating Comprehensive Corrections Plans." Seminars on "Alternative Sentencing in Urban Sanctions"; "Community Service Work"; and a "Report on the Michigan Department of Corrections Strategy for Felony Prison Diversion."
 -- Wednesday, 9:45-11 a.m.: "The Future of Community Corrections: A National Policy Challenge," a discussion with a panel of representatives from state and national associations of probation and parole, residential and community alternatives and local governments.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Costa of the Michigan Office of Community Corrections, 517-373-0415/ CO: Michigan Office of Community Corrections ST: Michigan IN: SU:

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