Offender Success Vocational Programs - 471-0311-23

Description of Agency

The Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC’s) Offender Success Administration (OSA) includes educators, school staff, institutional parole agents, specialists, and analysts that oversee various vocational programs within the prisons and contracted services in the community that focus on employment opportunities for individuals in the criminal justice system. OSA’s mission is to create a safer Michigan by holding offenders accountable while promoting their success. OSA has over 300 employees and was appropriated over $124 million for fiscal year 2023.

One of several areas of focus for OSA is providing a variety of vocational training and employment opportunities. Prisons offer multiple vocational programs for offenders to learn different trades and obtain State and national certifications related to them. Examples of vocational programs include carpentry, cosmetology, electrical, and welding. OSA works to bring potential employers and talented candidates together with the goal of promoting employment and self-sufficiency. These efforts include educating employers on the benefits of hiring talented individuals who are justice-involved, as well as helping employers find individual candidates for positions within their organizations.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the sufficiency of OSA’s efforts to evaluate the employment outcomes of offenders completing vocational programs.
  2. To assess the effectiveness of OSA’s administration of vocational program enrollments.
  3. To assess the sufficiency of OSA’s efforts to promote employment opportunities.


Estimated Release Date: Mid 2024

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