SB-0009, As Passed Senate, March 9, 2017
































     A bill to amend 1953 PA 232, entitled


"Corrections code of 1953,"


(MCL 791.201 to 791.285) by adding section 69b.




     Sec. 69b. (1) Subject to the policies and procedures adopted


under subsection (2) for screening and approving applicants, the


department shall allow representatives from all nonprofit faith-


based, business and professional, civic, and community


organizations to apply to be registered with the department under


this section for the purpose of providing inmate reentry services.


Reentry services include, but are not limited to, counseling,


providing information on housing and job placement, and money


management assistance.


     (2) The department shall develop and adopt policies and

procedures for screening, approving, and registering organizations,


and representatives from those organizations listed under


subsection (1) that apply to provide inmate reentry services. The


department may deny approval and registration to an organization,


or a representative from an organization listed under subsection


(1) if the department determines that the organization or


representative does not meet the department's screening guidelines.


The department and each of the correctional facilities in this


state retain the discretion to deny entry into a correctional


facility at any time to a representative of an organization listed


under subsection (1) regardless of whether that representative


previously applied to and was registered with the department to


provide inmate reentry services within a correctional facility.


     (3) The department shall post a department telephone number


and provide an application for registration on its public Internet


website for use by representatives from an organization described


in subsection (1) who wish to provide inmate reentry services to


obtain information and to begin the application process for


registration with the department.


     (4) The department shall not endorse or sponsor any faith-


based reentry program or endorse any specific religious message.


The department shall not require an inmate to participate in a


faith-based program.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days


after the date it is enacted into law.