LANSING—The “boot camp” program will continue at the Michigan Department of Corrections, announced state Sen. Rick Jones, who sponsored legislation extending the program.
The program was scheduled to end on Sept. 30, but Gov. Rick Snyder signed Jones’ measure, Senate Bill 861, into law on Monday. Judges can sentence convicts to the program who can then earn their way out of prison.
The law strictly controls who may go into the program. Sex offenders and other violent criminals are not allowed.
“Some inmates can be turned into productive members of society through a strict ‘boot camp’ program. Continuing this program is estimated to save Michigan taxpayers up to $50 million a year,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “As a former sheriff I have witnessed the success of boot camp programs.”