Reducing Recidivism Through the Fidelity Bonding Program (FBP) of Michigan

Reducing Recidivism Through the Fidelity Bonding Program (FBP) of Michigan
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded June 11, 2015
Unit 1 Slide Deck
Unit 2 Video



Reducing recidivism is a major concern for all correctional facilities. Research has shown that prisoners are likely to return to prison within three to five years from their release and even sooner if certain barriers are not eliminated. Unemployment is one of the top barriers for the population of Returning Citizens. Employers perceive Returning Citizens (Ex-Offenders who have a record of arrest, conviction, or imprisonment, and who have ever been on probation or parole) as conceivably dishonest workers and commercially “not bondable.” Returning Citizens are refused employment due to their past backgrounds. Fear of hiring and employing “high-risk” Returning Citizens creates a barrier to employment whereas the majority of them revert back to crime only to be incarcerated again into the prison system and therefore, increases the recidivism rate. The Fidelity Bonding Program (FBP) of Michigan is a free-of-charge incentive for employers to hire job seekers who are qualified, but who are considered high-risk because of a factor in their personal background. It allows employers to obtain workers without taking a risk and allows high-risk job seekers to become employed. This webinar will examine the protocol of the Fidelity Bonding Program utilized by the State of Michigan.