Offender Success is a statewide program implemented by the Michigan Department of Corrections that assists recently paroled offenders to transition back into society. We have one of the most successful program regions in the state. Our program covers region eight, which is comprised of seven counties, including Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Calhoun, and Branch.

To get help individuals with a successful transition back into our communities, we focus on four different types of services:


  • Job Placement

  • Residential Stability

  • Health and Behavioral Health

  • Social Support


Providing supervision and support during this period of transition is vital for decreasing recidivism rates. We are proud to say that we have seen the following results from program year 2019:


  • 190 individuals placed into employment

  • With over 80 area businesses


Offender Success is a great talent resource for local employers in our region. If you are not currently someone who hires ex-offenders, we offer “try-out-employment” where we will subsidize the wages of the individual for a given amount of time to give the employer a chance to evaluate for job fit. On the job training is a great tool for employers and participants alike.

If you’re interested in learning more, take a look at our brochure by clicking here. If you want to find out how you can be an employer partner with the Offender Success program in our area, contact Derek Knuth, Director of Offender Services, at 269.927.1064, ext. 1125.

Michigan Works!
Berrien, Cass, Van Buren 

Michigan Works! is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Michigan Relay Center: 711 Voice and TDD. Michigan Works! is a proud partner of American Job Centers. Supported by the State of Michigan and federal funds.

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