By SILU GUO
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan is the nation’s leader in reducing the rate of new crime by ex-offenders, according to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center. Its 2012 policy brief highlights states that show significant declines in their three-year recidivism rates. It is based on data that tracks individuals released from prison between 2005 and 2007. Michigan’s rate dropped by 18 percent. The Kansas rate fell by 15 percent, while Texas and Ohio reported reductions of 11 percent.