*Two weeks after he was sent to prison, the Michigan Department of Corrections is proposing former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for boot camp – a program that would release him on parole in 90 days, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The proposal came in a June 8 letter from the Corrections Department to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner, who sentenced Kilpatrick to serve an 18 month-to-5 year term for violating his probation. Under state law, Groner has the final say on whether Kilpatrick would be placed in boot camp.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said late today that she was not happy with the prospect of Kilpatrick’s placement in the camp.
“We will certainly recommend to the judge that this not occur,” Worthy said.
But Kilpatrick’s former attorney, Michael Alan Schwartz, said he thought the move was a good idea – because prison is for dangerous people, and Kilpatrick is not dangerous. A boot camp situation, however, would correct an injustice on the former mayor, Schwartz said.
“It would remove the unfairness to some degree of what Judge Groner did,” Schwartz said. “Because I think Judge Groner simply went way beyond what was necessary.”
Inmates who successfully complete the 90-day boot camp program are placed on parole for a minimum of 18 months, with the first 30 days under intense supervision.