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Lonner Melton, 54, of Detroit, asks a question during an entrepreneurship class at Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven, Mich. He was sentenced 50 to 75 years in prison in 1983 after convictions on felony firearms and assault with intent to commit murder. As Michigan works to graduate more students from higher education institutions, the Department of Corrections is offering college courses to inmates that lead to degrees. The move is aimed at reducing recidivism. The state currently has agreements with Jackson and Montcalm community colleges and is in discussions with three other community colleges, including Oakland.