A pilot program in Michigan will seek to increase family support for prisoners and help families navigate the prison system.
The Detroit Free Press reports Lois DeMott, who co-founded Lansing-based Citizens for Prison Reform in 2011, plans step down from her post as the group's president to serve as a liaison between prisoners' families and officials at three prisons.
DeMott, whose son was incarcerated until about a year ago, says she had a hard time dealing with officials in trying to make sure his medical, mental health and other needs were being met. She learned how to navigate the system through trial and error.
The Michigan Family Participation Program is planned for Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven, Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility near Muskegon and a third prison.