‘CAPPS Publications’ Category

Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences
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  • on May 15, 2014 -

Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences

TO READ THE FULL REPORT: Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices Appendix-Correction budget reflects major policy choices Executive Summary The Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending (CAPPS) has released Corrections spending reflects major policy choices: Examining the consequences, a white paper examining proposed Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) budgets. The paper examines the […]

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CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials
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  • on February 12, 2014 -

CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials

Click on headline below to read: Parolable Lifers in Michigan – Paying the price of unchecked discretion (includes executive summary) Michigan’s Parolable Lifers: The cost of a broken process Feb 12, 2014 CAPPS Press release  Michigan Department of Corrections Professionals Comment on Lifer Paroles * Read report summaries below: The Michigan Department of Corrections has tried to […]

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CAPPS presentation: Safely reducing corrections spending – Key concepts and major myths
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  • on September 26, 2013 -

CAPPS presentation: Safely reducing corrections spending – Key concepts and major myths

This CAPPS presentation exposes the key myths that continue to drive our costly and ineffective approaches to public safety. Safely reducing corrections spending: Key concepts and major myths demonstrates how CAPPS’s proposed reforms could save Michigan hundreds of millions of dollars annually, which could then be reinvested in education and services proven to reduce crime. Click […]

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CAPPS Consensus newsletter Fall 2012
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  • on January 30, 2013 -

CAPPS Consensus newsletter Fall 2012

What’s Inside this issue:   Corrections trends are cause for concern - Right track or wrong track? Page 1. ●Length of stay drives prison costs, Page 5. ● Free Press series misleading, harmful to sound policy, Page 8. ● State enacts 25-year mandatory minimum for 4th offenders, Page 16. ● Laura Sager joins CAPPS staff, See […]

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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy? A study of prisoner release and recidivism in Michigan
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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy? A study of prisoner release and recidivism in Michigan

An analysis of 76,721 cases of Michigan prisoners sentenced to indeterminate terms after 1981 and released for the first time from 1986 through 1999. The results show that continuing to incarcerate people who have served their minimum sentences for an additional year or two doesn’t significantly improve public safety.  Examining re-offense rates by offense type […]

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When ‘life’ did not mean life: A Historical Analysis of Life Sentences Imposed in Michigan Since 1900
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  • on September 1, 2006 -

When ‘life’ did not mean life: A Historical Analysis of Life Sentences Imposed in Michigan Since 1900

A discussion of Michigan’s history of releasing those with life sentences by parole or commutation going back to the early 20th Century that shows lifers were paroled earlier in the past.  You can download the PDF report here. Email this page

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Foreign Nationals in Michigan Prisons: an examination of the costs
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  • on April 1, 2006 -

Foreign Nationals in Michigan Prisons: an examination of the costs

Information on the number of foreign nationals in Michigan prisons, a discussion about the economic feasibility of keeping these offenders after they become parole eligible and some profiles. You can download the PDF report here. Email this page

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Penny-Wise & Pound-Foolish: Assaultive offender programming and Michigan’s prison costs
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  • on April 1, 2005 -

Penny-Wise & Pound-Foolish: Assaultive offender programming and Michigan’s prison costs

(with the American Friends Service Committee’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program) Information on assaultive and sex offender programs within the Michigan Department of Corrections, including the consequences of failing to deliver required programs before people reach parole eligibility. Click here to download the PDF report. Email this page

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No way out: Michigan’s parole board redefines the meaning of ‘life’, A discussion of parolable lifers
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  • on September 1, 2004 -

No way out: Michigan’s parole board redefines the meaning of ‘life’, A discussion of parolable lifers

The Michigan parole board’s treatment of these offenders, recommendations for change and profiles of some lifers. Click here to download the PDF report. Email this page

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  • on November 1, 2003 -

The high cost of denying parole: An analysis of prisoners eligible for release

The numbers have changed, but this report’s main points and conclusions are, sadly, still applicable a decade later. From the Executive summary: In 1992, Michigan changed from a parole board whose members were corrections professionals to one comprised of political appointees. The current board has adopted numerous policies and practices that lengthen the time prisoners […]

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