The Community Corrections Program in Michigan began as a response to an increasing prison population and the associated costs being experienced by Michigan in the late 1980s. Michigan legislators passed Public Act 511, better known as the Community Corrections Act, in 1988 as a response to the growth in the prison commitment rate. The Office of Community Corrections, within the Michigan Department of Corrections, administers Public Act 511. The goal of the Act is to reduce prison commitments through a State grant programs for community-based sanctions and services. The Office of Community Corrections (OCC) works in cooperation with local governments to reduce admissions to prison, improve local jail utilization, improve rehabilitative services to offenders and strengthen offender accountability.
OCC requires each community corrections advisory board to identify linkages with the local Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency, the local community health departments, and other agencies to help provide cost-effective and non-duplicated services to offenders.
The State Community Corrections Advisory Board reviews the local comprehensive community corrections plans and applications then makes recommendations to the director of the MDOC. The director then makes the final grant award decision.