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Common Justice Accounting for Violence event ready for viewing
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Common Justice Accounting for Violence event ready for viewing

On April 11, 2017 CAPPS Executive Director Laura Sager joined a wide range of national experts in New York for a series of panel discussions on Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Reduce Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration. The event was convened by Common Justice, a program of the Vera Institute. It […]

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Welcome, new CAPPS team members!
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Welcome, new CAPPS team members!

We welcomed John Cooper (left) as our new policy director on April 17. John has extensive experience working on complex criminal justice policy issues in Michigan – both as the founder of the Coalition of Justice Voters and as special counsel for criminal justice policy for Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids). John will be working […]

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Law and Justice Committee Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform
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Law and Justice Committee Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform

On April 25, Rep. Klint Kesto (R-District 39), House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee chair, took testimony from national leaders calling for continued criminal justice reforms and investment in services that prevent crime and help crime survivors heal. Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, called on Michigan to continue […]

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CAPPS UPDATE – March 2017 newsletter released!
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CAPPS UPDATE – March 2017 newsletter released!

  Download the most recent CAPPS Update March 2017 newsletter by clicking here. The newsletter updates the judicial veto bill, “Proos criminal justice package”, and legislation designed to amend the Public Health Code. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.  

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THANK YOU, PEOPLE OF HURON VALLEY &  THUMB CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES!
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THANK YOU, PEOPLE OF HURON VALLEY & THUMB CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES!

CAPPS board member Gary Ashby and Executive Director Laura Sager spoke at two Michigan prisons in January and February. Gary Ashby, CAPPS board member and volunteer speaker, visited the Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer on January 28, 2017. He discussed the policies driving the increase in Michigan’s prison population over the past three decades and […]

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Senate package of criminal justice bills passes Senate

The Senate package is a set of criminal justice bills spearheaded by John Proos (R – Saint Joseph), with a number of legislators as sponsors of individual bills. The package was quickly passed on February 2 in the Senate within two weeks  of being introduced. Click here to read CAPPS full analysis of the Senate Package. The House Michigan […]

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Sentencing Project parolable lifer webinar on Feb 9 featuredMichigan

The Sentencing Project recently put out a new report on the ever-increasing length of time served by parolable lifers, even when they get released.  Click here for the report: Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences . The report surveys practices in many states, including Michigan, and contains recommendations for:– reducing the minimum number […]

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Update: HB 5273, the judicial veto bill, passes the Michigan Senate and is signed by the Governor

We are pleased to report that House Bill 5273 – the judicial veto bill –passed the Michigan Senate on Dec. 7.  The vote was 36-1.  The bill had previously passed the Michigan House by a large majority.  Governor Snyder signed the bill on December 21, and the law will go into effect within 90 days […]

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39% of people incarcerated with little public safety rationale, study says

The Brennan Center has released a three-year research project that compared federal and state criminal laws with convictions and sentences of the nation’s prisoners, and determined that 39 percent of them are behind bars for “no compelling public safety reason.” Read more about the study’s findings  at the ABA Journal here, or take a look at the […]

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HB 4138, the Smart and Safe parole reform bill, is expected to move forward before the end of this year

The Smart and Safe parole reform bill, HB 4138, passed the House in June and is currently pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee. The bill is expected to move forward before the end of this legislative session in December. CAPPS will be sending out notices via email to all our members and supporters when the […]

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