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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole
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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, provided written testimony as time was limited. Currently, incarcerated people […]

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HB 5377 would make parole process more objective
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HB 5377 would make parole process more objective

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is neutral on the bill but provided supporting information to […]

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Bills expand employment opportunities in the healthcare industry
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Bills expand employment opportunities in the healthcare industry

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, and JT Weis, CEO of Abcor Industries, testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39). Their testimony emphasized the need to increase the available workforce in Michigan and to remove barriers to […]

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MIRS article: Parole Reform Debate Returns To House Panel
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MIRS article: Parole Reform Debate Returns To House Panel

The last time former Rep. Joe HAVEMAN tried to run this concept, he ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from fellow Republican Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE. When the dust settled, it was Schuette one, Haveman zippo. The prison reform movement is now back with a new bill designed to parole inmates who have served their minimum sentence, […]

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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on barriers to employment
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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on barriers to employment

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39). Cooper provided testimony in support of HB 5450, 5451, and 5452, which would eliminate overbroad restrictions on the talent pool available to health care providers, and promote […]

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A farewell message from Barbara Levine
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A farewell message from Barbara Levine

After nearly 45 years working on criminal justice issues, it is time for me to step aside.  But I’m grateful to have been part of the movement to undo the excesses that bloated our prison population and caused so much pain and waste.  I’m grateful for my caring, dedicated, enormously competent co-workers at CAPPS, our […]

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CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report
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CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  News from the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@grassrootsmidwest.com, 517-575-7180 CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report LANSING – Today Speaker Leonard, with House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force members, announced a renewed focus on fixing the state’s mental health system. The bipartisan Task Force released a report containing 42 […]

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Bill allows for parole of the medically frail
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Bill allows for parole of the medically frail

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) estimates that as many as 850 people under their supervision are medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance and are often unable to get dressed, use the bathroom, or eat on their own. These people are so frail that they […]

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Michigan Capitol Confidential: CAPPS discusses jail housing fees in Michigan
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Michigan Capitol Confidential: CAPPS discusses jail housing fees in Michigan

Michigan Capitol Confidential interviewed John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, about jail housing fees in Michigan. The fees can affect a successful return to the community. Cooper said: “The jail housing fees imposed by many counties in Michigan are a significant additional barrier to success after incarceration. The people impacted by these fees are disproportionately poor to begin […]

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CAPPS UPDATE – December 2017 newsletter released!
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CAPPS UPDATE – December 2017 newsletter released!

Download the most recent CAPPS Update December 2017 newsletter. The newsletter reports on the House of Representatives C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hearings, hosted July through September 2017, on how to improve mental health services in Michigan. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

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