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Probation Department to host Resource Fair

The United States Probation Department for the Eastern District of Michigan will be hosting its Annual Community Resource Fair today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cody - Academy of Public Leadership, located at 18445 Cathedral Street in Detroit.

Services provided will include health care (including free health screens by DMC, free mammograms, and free or low cost on site dental assistance); employment resources (including Returning Citizen programming for ex-offenders as well as regular employment assistance); vocational training; fellowship resources; drug rehabilitation resources; Veterans Affairs resources; DTE utility bill assistance; legal aid (including a Friend of the Court warrant free zone); and pet information (courtesy of All About Animals).
The event is free and the public is invited.


Court: No relief for inmate who won major case over sentence

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has declined to release a prisoner who won a major case over a governor’s power to reduce sentences.

The court last week said the state parole board still controls the freedom of Matthew Makowski.

In 2010, Gov. Jennifer Granholm changed Makowski’s no-parole sentence, making him eligible for release, but she changed her decision a few days later. The state Supreme Court said Granholm’s switch was illegal.

But Makowski remains behind bars. The parole board still hasn’t released him, although Makowski’s lawyers have noted that prisoners whose sentences have been commuted are routinely sent home.

Makowski was convicted of arranging a robbery that turned into the fatal stabbing of a co-worker in Dearborn in 1988. He wasn’t present when the victim was killed.


Youth camp aims to boost trust between police, communities

DETROIT (AP) — About 100 students are attending a Detroit camp hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that aims to improve relations between police and people in the communities they serve.

The 2016 Smart on Crime Detroit Youth Camp runs from Monday to Wednesday at the Horatio Williams Foundation in Detroit. It’s part of the U.S. Justice Department’s Smart on Crime program.

Topics include perspectives of officers during traffic stops, media coverage of crime stories and understanding the consequences of choices. Participants will integrate lessons into a youth-led presentation on the elements of a safe community.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says in a release that “in light of recent tensions,” officials wanted “to provide a forum for teens and officers to share their perspectives and ideas for improving relations and trust.”