‘Corrections Spending’ Category

Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences
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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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Senate Bill 689 would move prisoners to county jails; CAPPS report details how this impacts prisoners and their families
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Senate Bill 689 would move prisoners to county jails; CAPPS report details how this impacts prisoners and their families

Text of SB 689 Several years ago, the MDOC adopted a new policy of housing selected prisoners in county jails.  The initial Director’s Office Memorandum (DOM) provided that anyone classified at security Level 1 who was serving a flat sentence for an offense other than criminal sexual conduct could be sent to serve their time in […]

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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal
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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal

New CAPPS report lays out roadmap to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population On June 11,  CAPPS  announced the release of a new report titled: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal. This report examines the key factors that led to a striking increase in Michigan’s prison population over the last three decades, and recommends a […]

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NEW REPORT: Incarceration Had Limited Impact on Crime Decline
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NEW REPORT: Incarceration Had Limited Impact on Crime Decline

What Caused the Crime Decline? Brennan Center for Justice | Dr. Oliver Roeder, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, and Julia Bowling Executive Summary For the past 40 years, the United States has been engaged in a vast, costly social experiment. It has incarcerated a higher percentage of its people, and for a longer period, than any other democracy. In […]

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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)
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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)

Three steps forward and one giant step backward for criminal justice reform:  The package of criminal justice reform bills that emerged from the Council of State Government process (HB 5928, 5929, 5930 and 5931) is pending action in the Senate. CAPPS endorses three bills in the package: HB 5928, 5929 and 5930. The bills would […]

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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 Click here to read the full article. “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 […]

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MLive: Reforms to criminal sentencing, monitoring and incarceration could come in ‘lame duck’ session
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MLive: Reforms to criminal sentencing, monitoring and incarceration could come in ‘lame duck’ session

Click here to read full article. “Reforms to the way criminals are sentenced, incarcerated and monitored could become law by the end of the year after four bills were introduced in Michigan Legislature Thursday. House Bills 5928-5931 are the product of the Council of State Governments’ collaboration with state lawmakers to look at Michigan’s criminal […]

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Michigan Radio: “Michigan’s corrections budget is at an all-time high”
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Michigan Radio: “Michigan’s corrections budget is at an all-time high”

August 6th, 2014 Click Here To Listen to the Full Story  In 1980, Michigan’s corrections budget was 3% of the state’s general fund. Now it is 20% of the general fund. What caused this increase? Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, joined Stateside to answer this question. He […]

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Barbara Levine interview at Crossroads Bible Institute
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Barbara Levine interview at Crossroads Bible Institute

Did you know it costs eighty billion dollars a year to fund correctional services in America? Barbara Levine, associate director at CAPPS, explains the possible solutions to reduce mass incarceration’s exorbitant drain on the economy. Click here to watch.   Email this page

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Grover Norquist: Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan
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Grover Norquist: Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan

July 22, 2014, Bridge Magazine  Guest editorial by Grover Norquist With Michigan’s correctional system consuming more and more taxpayer dollars every day, the time is right for a key fiscal question: “How can we get the most from our investment in public safety?” As a lifelong conservative, I’ve been proud to call myself tough on […]

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CAPPS responds to Council of State Governments report, policy options; lists principles for sentencing
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CAPPS responds to Council of State Governments report, policy options; lists principles for sentencing

In May, the Council of State Governments Justice Center provided its report to the Michigan Law Revision Commission. The CSG report provides the Commission with ” . . . areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state’s sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the […]

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