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Jeff Gerritt: Unlock the debate on good time and other sentencing reforms

April 6, 2012  |  Detroit Free Press column

Sentencing credits or “good time” could save the state millions without compromising public safety. Columnist Jeff Gerritt talks about why this issue isn’t getting any traction in the legislature.

Michigan’s prosecuting attorneys have squashed a needed debate on prison sentencing policies that cost state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year. That may be why, in Gov. Rick Snyder’s otherwise comprehensive message last month on public safety, you didn’t hear a peep about restoring good time, reforming sentencing guidelines or enacting a presumptive parole law.

Refusing to talk about an idea — especially one that works elsewhere — is silly and self-defeating. Muzzling people is no way to decide major policy questions. Click here to read the full report.


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