AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice
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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice

Associated Press, November 30, 2014

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“Michigan lawmakers are considering changes in the state’s criminal justice system, including a fairer path to parole for prisoners and a data-driven effort to rewrite sentencing guidelines for certain crimes.

The case is being made by a western Michigan Republican, Rep. Joe Haveman of Holland, who believes millions of dollars could be saved in the years ahead without threatening public safety. The four-bill package could get a vote as early as this week.

‘What could be the outcome of having less people in prison? Of having less crime? Of having revenue that we could spend on schools and roads instead of locking people up?’ Haveman said. ‘We cannot continue to imprison citizens for longer and longer sentences with no positive outcomes.’”




  1. Patricia Park
    December 12, 2014

    I agree with the rep from Holland the money we use putting people in prisons for drug 0ffences should be put to better use then housing non-violent people. Some counties jack up the charges they have against a person and the papers make it all worse the it really is. I think the system needs some serious restructuring. Sincerely , P M Park

  2. Christa R. Suggs
    December 15, 2014

    I believe this is a step in the right direction. An additional step that needs addressing is all of the obstacles to a parolee’s attempts to become a productive member of society. These are policies of apartments owners and managers that exclude any felon from even applying regardless of how long ago. The second is the growing number of employers who will not even consider the application of a felon for work of any kind. This is particularly true of those convicted of violent crimes despite the fact that this group has an extremely low reofense rate. These two realities make it very difficult for someone coming out of prison to live in a safe neighborhood and find a job to support him or herself and their family.

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