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Penny-wise and pound-foolish: Assaultive offender programming and Michigan’s prison costs

Prison programs | CAPPS Research | 2005

Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish, published jointly by CAPPS and the American Friends Service Committee, is still relevant to today’s debates on how to cut corrections costs.

Assaultive and sex offenders must complete specified treatment programs before parole will be granted.  However, the MDOC routinely fails to provide timely access to those programs.  As a result, people are commonly denied parole because they were unable to complete a required program, costing prisoners years of their lives and taxpayers millions of dollars.

Penny-Wise & Pound-Foolish: Executive summary

Penny-Wise & Pound-Foolish: Full report

Additional resources:

The Assaultive Offender Program – a current report

CAPPS Consensus, Fall 2006

Measure targets Catch-22 mess over course required by inmates

The Daily Oakland Press, web-posted May 31, 2005

Bill may cut $7 million from prison budget:

It would end the practice of keeping prisoners until they complete therapy By Gary Heinlein,The Detroit News, April 24, 2005

Study says treatment program inefficient

Gongwer, April 21, 2005

Bill wouldn’t allow parole to depend on treatment

By Amy F. Bailey, The Associated Press, 4/20/2005


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