LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Department of Corrections has several efforts to teach community college courses and vocational training in-house to a small number of inmates near parole.
The Detroit News reports Monday the effort comes after years without funding for prisoners to access higher education. Michigan is joining a pilot project that could provide evidence to back the idea of post-secondary education in prisons nationwide.
There are about 42,000 inmates in Michigan's state prisons. Of those, nearly half come in with a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Michigan in the past has tried to find funding to offer opportunities in higher education to inmates. Such programs have rolled out in pockets, offering training in vocational areas such as auto shop, truck driving and small engine repair until funding ran out.