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In 1999, the program was implemented at the Mound Correctional Facility as the “Transformation Project”.  Twenty-five men were selected to participate in a long-term training program consisting of mediation & conflict resolution.  As a result of teaching the participants mediation skills and the ability to train other inmates (train-the-trainer), the Mound Facility saw a 40% decrease in violent incidents among inmates within a year of implementation.

The Man Behind The CFL Vision...

Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University and has more than thirty years senior management experience.  As the President of the Chance For Life Organization, he earned the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award presented by the American Baptist Churches USA for the incomparable services he and his team have provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. 

Mr. Adams has had a significant and lasting impact on the greater Detroit community. In 2013 he was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission (he was also re-appointed in 2016) In 2014 Mr. Adams was appointed to the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Southeastern Michigan, served as the Director of Detroit Operations for both of Governor Snyder’s Campaigns, and was appointed to the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board by the Wayne County Commission. In 2017, he was appointed as a Board Member to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Mr. Adams is affiliated with more than twenty (20) community, civic and business organizations and in 2011, he was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the City’s Men of Excellence. In addition to his current professional endeavors, Mr. Adams is a life member of the NAACP and a member of the National Baptist Convention.

He has served as the President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE - Detroit Chapter), the Chairman of the Economic Development Divison of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention (MPBC), and the President of the Laymen's division of the MPBC.

Mr. Adams is also a past member of: Homes for Black Children, Chamber of Commerce, and the Council of Small Business Enterprises.

Mr. Adams is a Board Member of several Michigan organizations including:

SADO
 Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority
Michigan Works! Association

The Man Behind The CFL Vision...

Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University and has more than thirty years senior management experience.  As the President of the Chance For Life Organization, he earned the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award presented by the American Baptist Churches USA for the incomparable services he and his team have provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. 

Mr. Adams has had a significant and lasting impact on the greater Detroit community. In 2013 he was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission (he was also re-appointed in 2016) In 2014 Mr. Adams was appointed to the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Southeastern Michigan, served as the Director of Detroit Operations for both of Governor Snyder’s Campaigns, and was appointed to the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board by the Wayne County Commission. In 2017, he was appointed as a Board Member to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Mr. Adams is affiliated with more than twenty (20) community, civic and business organizations and in 2011, he was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the City’s Men of Excellence. In addition to his current professional endeavors, Mr. Adams is a life member of the NAACP and a member of the National Baptist Convention.

He has served as the President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE - Detroit Chapter), the Chairman of the Economic Development Divison of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention (MPBC), and the President of the Laymen's division of the MPBC.

Mr. Adams is also a past member of: Homes for Black Children, Chamber of Commerce, and the Council of Small Business Enterprises.

Mr. Adams is a Board Member of several Michigan organizations including:

SADO
 Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority
Michigan Works! Association

The CFL program is currently operating in nine (9) correctional facilities across the State of Michigan

The numbers below represent how many individuals are currently participating in our program per facility.

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Cooper Street Correctional Facility

Total Population: 1754

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Lakeland Correctional Facility

Total Population: 1466

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Macomb Correctional Facility

Total Population: 1416

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Detroit Reentry Center

Total Population: 200

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Muskegon Correctional Facility

Total Population: 1321

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Parr Highway Correctional Facility

Total Population: 2370

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Robert G. Cotton Correctional Facility

Total Popluation: 1842

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Parnall Correctional Facility

Total Population: 1695

Meet Our Leadership Team

Our team is dedicated to making the best experience possible for our program participants and their families...
Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Executive Director, Chance for Life Organization

Vice-Chair - Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity (MCCAEO)

Past-Chair - Detroit Board of Police Commissioners



For over 20 years, Jessica Taylor has helped inmates in the Michigan prison system to transform their lives through mediation, critical thinking, family reunification, and more.

With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornerstone University, Ms. Taylor has served as the Assistant to the Director of Training at the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Ms. Taylor was also directly involved in the implementation of Peer Mediation Programs in the Detroit Public School System

Additionally, Ms. Taylor was also the Mediation Coordinator and Volunteer Recruiter for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where she set up Mediation Centers in the 7th, 9th, and 11th Detroit precincts, and the city of Highland Park.  Her responsibilities included recruiting and training community volunteers to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of a Mediation Center within the community. 

 

Executive Director, Chance for Life Organization

Vice-Chair - Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity (MCCAEO)

Past-Chair - Detroit Board of Police Commissioners


For over 20 years, Jessica Taylor has helped inmates in the Michigan prison system to transform their lives through mediation, critical thinking, family reunification, and more.

With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornerstone University, Ms. Taylor has served as the Assistant to the Director of Training at the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Ms. Taylor was also directly involved in the implementation of Peer Mediation Programs in the Detroit Public School System

Additionally, Ms. Taylor was also the Mediation Coordinator and Volunteer Recruiter for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where she set up Mediation Centers in the 7th, 9th, and 11th Detroit precincts, and the city of Highland Park.  Her responsibilities included recruiting and training community volunteers to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of a Mediation Center within the community.