The Michigan Department of Corrections has recommended that former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick enrolls in boot camp as a sentence for violating terms of his probation, a punishment which would see him released on parole in 90 days according to the Detroit Free Press.
Two weeks after he was sentenced to up to five years in prison for violating his probation, the Corrections Department wrote a letter on June 8 to Judge David Groner of Wayne County Circuit Court recommending the alternate sentence.
Groner will make the final decision on Kilpatrick’s potential placement in boot camp. If the judge rejects the Corrections Department recommendation, the earliest date Kilpatrick could be released from prison is July 24, 2011, according to the Free Press.
Michael Alan Schwartz, Kilpatrick’s former attorney, said keeping his client away from potential dangerous inmates is a good idea since he is not dangerous himself, and would mitigate what he called an unfair sentence handed down by Groner.
“It would remove the unfairness to some degree of what Groner did,” Schwartz said. “Because I think Groner simply went way beyond what was necessary.”
Successful completion of the 90-day boot camp program allows inmates to be placed on parole for a minimum of 18 months. For the first month, inmates remain under strict supervision.
Groner ruled on May 25 that Kilpatrick had hidden assets and did not live up to court orders to pay $1 million in restitution to Detroit as mandated by a plea deal that ended a text message sex scandal—and Kilpatrick’s tenure as Detroit’s mayor.
According to the Free Press, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Kilpatrick volunteered for boot camp after it was determined that he met the requirements of the program.
However, prosecutors opposed the deal and said they would work to ensure Kilpatrick spends time behind bars.
“We will certainly recommend to the judge that this not occur,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said according to BlackAmericaWeb.com.