‘Legislation’ Category

 

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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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Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) passes Senate Judiciary Committee 4-0
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  • on September 8, 2016 -

Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) passes Senate Judiciary Committee 4-0

CAPPS is very happy to report that the judicial veto reform bill HB 5273 passed the Senate Judiciary committee on September 6, 2017, by a bipartisan 4-0 vote. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration. CAPPS has long worked to address the parole review procedures that have kept parolable lifers incarcerated past their first parole […]

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CAPPS advocates for Trauma Recovery Centers for crime survivors
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  • on September 1, 2016 -

CAPPS advocates for Trauma Recovery Centers for crime survivors

Survivors of violent crime, especially those who live in high crime areas often do not have adequate access to trauma-informed mental health and other support services to help them heal. Crime survivors prefer criminal justice approaches that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment and strongly prefer investments in crime prevention and treatment to more spending on prisons […]

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Three safe, smart parole reform bills are ready for Senate votes this fall
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  • on August 16, 2016 -

Three safe, smart parole reform bills are ready for Senate votes this fall

The legislature is preparing to take long-overdue action on a broad range of criminal justice issues in 2016 The Michigan House of Representatives advanced three Smart and Safe parole reforms, all by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. To become law, legislation must be passed by the end of the legislative session in December 2016. CAPPS will be providing ongoing information to supporters, […]

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UPDATE: Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee
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UPDATE: Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 5273, Judicial veto bill, CAPPS April 12, 2016 testimony We are extremely grateful to all the organizations and individuals who submitted testimony in support of the “judicial veto” reform bill. This is an important step forward for a long overdue reform. Details about the bill HB 5273, sponsored by Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Oronoko Twp.) […]

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UPDATE: Medical parole package (5078, 5079, 5081) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee
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  • on July 16, 2016 -

UPDATE: Medical parole package (5078, 5079, 5081) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

On February 17, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve an amended package of medical parole bills, HB 5078, 5079. and 5081. The full House of Representatives voted out the three CAPPS-supported bills on May 4, 2016. The bills were then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are still pending after an initial “no” […]

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Update: “Proos” criminal justice reform package now pending in House Criminal Justice Committee
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  • on June 1, 2016 -

Update: “Proos” criminal justice reform package now pending in House Criminal Justice Committee

Senator John Proos (R – Saint Joseph) is spearheading an 18-bill package of criminal justice reforms. The multi-bill “Proos package” was introduced on May 3 and referred to the Senate Committee on Michigan Competitiveness, chaired by Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Jackson). The Senate voted the entire package out by broad majorities in June 2016. The bills are […]

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Barbara Levine: WKAR interview on pending criminal justice reform bills
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  • on May 10, 2016 -

Barbara Levine: WKAR interview on pending criminal justice reform bills

Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy, explained the criminal justice reform bills in this 12-minute WKAR interview. While the medical parole and judicial veto bills have since passed the full House (see post), the interview provides a detailed explanation of the bills and their impact. Very much worth listening to and passing on! WKAR […]

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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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  • on February 19, 2016 -

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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Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) introduced by Rep. Pagel
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  • on February 19, 2016 -

Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) introduced by Rep. Pagel

Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) CAPPS has long worked to address the parole review procedures that have kept parolable lifers incarcerated long past their first parole eligibility date, regardless of their current risk to public safety. HB 5273, introduced by Rep. Pagel and cosponsored by Rep. Howrylak and referred to the House Judiciary Committee, would […]

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