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The Michigan parole process

CAPPS has long recommended a series of reforms to the parole process that would enhance the objectivity, fairness and transparency of parole decision-making. These include restoring the prisoner’s right to appeal parole denials, just as prosecutors can appeal parole grants. The availability of judicial review is critical to enforcing statutory parole guidelines and any statutory presumption of parole at the minimum sentence. Other proposed reforms include: accurately weight parole guidelines factors that predict re-offense risk, improve the review process for parolable lifers, and restore medical paroles. We have also developed a “flow chart” to help you understand the process for both non-lifers and lifers (see also Lifers).

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1 Comment

  1. Larry R. Carter
    May 26, 2013

    Throughout my hearing, Ms. Price continued to tell me how well I was doing—with my programs, my block reports, my work, my behavior, etc. She even acknowledged that the law provides for my release after 15 years. “But,” she adds in so many words, “you have not served enough time for me.” That sounds like a personal matter. It has nothing to do with justice, or the law. It is apparent that the Michigan Parole Board has embraced this fallacy: They can turn parolable life into mandatory life simply by ignoring the difference.

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