Facts, not headlines, should drive corrections policy
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Facts, not headlines, should drive corrections policy

The recent Free Press series (“Free to kill”) is sensationalized, misleading and unbalanced. Before policymakers react, it is crucial that they assess the content realistically and place the implications in a meaningful context. 

  • The inflammatory image of large numbers of released prisoners roaming the streets assaulting and murdering citizens at will is wholly unsupported by the facts.
  • If that image is allowed to drive policymaking, needed corrections reforms and the opportunity to reduce prison spending will be set back by years.
  • Michigan has made great progress in reducing its prison population and containing its corrections spending. There is no evidence that this progress has compromised public safety.
  • The MDOC is already responding to the number of high profile cases by slowing the grant of paroles and returning more parole violators to prison. Our prison population — and prison spending – are once  again starting to rise, even though crime rates, including violent crimes, fell steadily from 2007-2011.”
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