Author Archive for: ‘CAPPS’

Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill
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  • on April 18, 2018 -

Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill

Currently, the crime victims compensation act prohibits financial assistance to victims of crime that occur in a correctional facility. Senate Bill 845, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson (R – District 38), removes this prohibition if the prosecutor supports the claim. This bill will recognize incarcerated people and their families can also be crime victims that are worthy […]

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Fact Sheet: Objective Parole Reform for low-risk offenders

HB 5377, Objective Parole Reform, simply defines what constitutes “substantial and compelling” reasons so that they are relevant to an incarcerated person’s current risk. This fact sheet provides a comprehensive review of what the HB 5377 will and will not accomplish. Read>> Fact Sheet: Objective Parole Reform for low-risk offenders

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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee
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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee

The state would be required to make objective, evidence-based parole decisions under legislation that moved unanimously out of Rep. Klint Kesto’s (R-Commerce Twp.) House Law and Justice Committee this morning. Three members passed on the vote. HB 5377 is designed to take the subjectivity out of parole decisions by setting parole board guidelines that establish […]

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Celebrating Second Chance Month all year long
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Celebrating Second Chance Month all year long

April is Second Chance Month, and we are proud to partner with Prison Fellowship and many others to promote meaningful second chances for justice-involved people. CAPPS advocates for policies that prepare people for success before and after they are released from jail and prison and that remove barriers to basic human needs, such as jobs […]

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Proposed Medicaid rules will create new barriers to employment; reduce public safety
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Proposed Medicaid rules will create new barriers to employment; reduce public safety

Access to employment is essential to a meaningful second chance for justice-involved people. It is also good public policy: it promotes public safety by reducing recidivism, it increases the number of available workers for businesses, and it adds taxpayers to communities. Unfortunately, some well-meaning policymakers adopt counter-productive and exclusionary policies that create more barriers to […]

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Objective parole reform (HB 5377) moves forward
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Objective parole reform (HB 5377) moves forward

House Bill 5377, sponsored by Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39), will establish an objective parole process. The bill will promote consistency in the parole process, while preserving the parole board’s ability to deny parole to anyone for objective public safety reasons. On April 10, 2018, the House Law and Justice Committee voted by […]

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Raise the age cost study does not offer the full picture
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Raise the age cost study does not offer the full picture

Only Michigan and four other states treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Currently, a 17-year-old, who is legally too young to vote, marry, or join the military, can be convicted in adult court. There is little disagreement among stakeholders that raise the age is good for Michigan. However, uncertainty about the potential […]

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House calls to end longstanding backlog of mental health evaluations
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  • on March 9, 2018 -

House calls to end longstanding backlog of mental health evaluations

Michigan has a longstanding backlog of cases at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a state-operated facility that provides diagnostic services to the criminal justice system. The average wait time for a competency examination in Michigan is six months. This results in unnecessarily long pretrial detention of people with mental illness at the expense of taxpayers. […]

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Medically frail bills move on to House floor
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Medically frail bills move on to House floor

Michigan’s prison population is aging. It is the oldest in the country with an average age of 39. Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are over 50 years old and many have complex health problems that are getting steadily worse – and more expensive to treat. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported last year […]

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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole
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  • on February 20, 2018 -

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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