‘Corrections Spending’ 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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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime
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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime

An important article on the national trend of reducing prison populations by reducing average prison length of stay via sentencing and parole reforms. Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy,  provided information and is quoted in this excellent piece: By Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist, published Sunday, February 9, 2014 Americans are weary of […]

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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment
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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment

An infographic from Dec 2013 from the Pew Center on the States: Over the past five years, the majority of states reduced both crime and imprisonment rates. The relationship between crime and incarceration is complex, but states are showing that it is possible to reduce them at the same time. See Michigan and other states’ info […]

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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission
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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission

On December 4, Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy joined others testifying before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of HB 5078. The bill would establish a Michigan sentencing guidelines commission identical to the one created in 1998 and subsequently abolished in 2002. Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland) sponsored the legislation, which […]

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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state
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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state

Laura Sager, CAPPS executive director, wrote a guest Op-Ed for the Detroit Free Press that was published Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013. In her Op-Ed, Sager argues that the state of Michigan is spending too much money keeping people locked up who are elderly, ill  and who have served far beyond their eligible parole dates. This […]

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Barbara Levine to join Oct 21 ACLU panel discussing criminal justice reform
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Barbara Levine to join Oct 21 ACLU panel discussing criminal justice reform

Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for policy and research, is participating on a panel hosted by the ACLU of Michigan Lansing Branch and the Cooley Law School Student Chapter. The panel will be followed by a community conversation about reforming Michigan’s sentencing, probation and parole policies. The event is scheduled for: Monday, October 21, Cooley Law School […]

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CAPPS presentation: Safely reducing corrections spending – Key concepts and major myths
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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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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions
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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions

Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher recently interviewed CAPPS Executive Director Laura Sager and Board member Monica Jahner. They discussed how Michigan’s parole policies contribute to our $2 billion annual corrections budget, by keeping people incarcerated far longer than necessary for public safety:   Michigan’s inmates stay in prison longer than those in any of the […]

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Longer sentences fuel big budget for Michigan prisons
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  • on April 29, 2013 -

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Longer sentences fuel big budget for Michigan prisons

The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently addressed the high cost of Michigan’s corrections policies. The Journal interviewed Daniel Heyns, head of the Michigan Department of Corrections, who had important things to say about the high cost of Michigan’s punitive sentencing policies. Unfortunately, Heyns got it wrong about the role current parole policies play in driving up Michigan’s corrections […]

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CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending
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CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending

Principle 1:  Reserve prison beds for people who are dangerous Restore the sentencing commission and reassess the impact of sentencing guidelines to ensure that drug and property offenders are not incarcerated unnecessarily and that sentences for crimes against persons are proportionate to the offense. Increase the availability of drug courts, mental health courts and community-based […]

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