Category Archives: Corrections

Van Buren County Gets Grant For Swift and Sure

WSJM – Radio Jason Scott Reporting The Swift and Sure Probation Program is expanding. State Senator John Proos says Van Buren County has accepted a $250,000 grant to set it up, making it the third county in Southwest Michigan to … Continue reading

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Honored to be Named Legislator of the Year by Michigan Police Chiefs

Throughout my time in public service, I have worked to improve Michigan’s economy, create jobs and ensure our government fulfills its core function of keeping our families safe.

As a father, I take my responsibility to heart. That is why I was especially honored to be named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP). Continue reading

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Expanded Program Helping Reduce Prison Costs While Protecting Public

Michigan spends too much on its prison system, especially when compared to neighboring states.

In ongoing effort to reduce our costs without jeopardizing public safety, I created the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program based on a Hawaiian program with a record of reducing crime and drug use by probationers and saving taxpayer dollars. Continue reading

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Senate Passes Proos’ “Swift and Sure” Program

The state Senate has approved legislation from Senator John Proos to create what’s called the “Swift and Sure” program for parolees and those on probation. Proos says it’s based on a successful program out of Hawaii that cut the crime rate and drug use by probationers. Continue reading

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We Can Protect Public Safety While Reducing Prison Costs

I believe that we must be innovative in how our state operates, look to see what is working in other states, and bring those proven ideas to Michigan. Continue reading

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Proos Promotes Reading and Listening

Proos, R-St. Joseph, read “Click Clack Moo — Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, about Farmer Brown’s cows’ demands when they find a typewriter in the barn and go on strike, joined by hens withholding eggs. It wins out over the Michigan-made wildlife photo book “Lost in the Woods” and “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss, whose birthday leads off March Reading Month. Students’ kites fly on one corridor, tails telling how many tales each read. Continue reading

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Safe Communities are Vital to Job Creation and Quality of Life

Gov. Rick Snyder recently gave a Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety, in which he noted Michigan has four of the top ten most violent cities in the entire nation. A recent study showed that homicides in these four cities cost Michigan taxpayers more than $1.6 billion. Continue reading

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