‘Legislation’ Category

Just the facts: The “Good Time” bills are unlikely to move forward
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Just the facts: The “Good Time” bills are unlikely to move forward

Michigan has a longer length of stay for people in prison than any other state. The Pew Center on the States study found that in 2009, Michigan prisoners served nearly 17 months more than average. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, in 2016 the average minimum sentence was 9.9 years (a figure which does […]

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Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill
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Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill

Currently, the crime victims compensation act prohibits financial assistance to victims of crime that occur in a correctional facility. Senate Bill 845, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson (R – District 38), removes this prohibition if the prosecutor supports the claim. This bill will recognize incarcerated people and their families can also be crime victims that are worthy […]

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Celebrating Second Chance Month all year long
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Celebrating Second Chance Month all year long

April is Second Chance Month, and we are proud to partner with Prison Fellowship and many others to promote meaningful second chances for justice-involved people. CAPPS advocates for policies that prepare people for success before and after they are released from jail and prison and that remove barriers to basic human needs, such as jobs […]

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Medically frail bills move on to House floor
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  • on March 7, 2018 -

Medically frail bills move on to House floor

Michigan’s prison population is aging. It is the oldest in the country with an average age of 39. Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are over 50 years old and many have complex health problems that are getting steadily worse – and more expensive to treat. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported last year […]

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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole
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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, provided written testimony as time was limited. Currently, incarcerated people […]

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HB 5377 would make parole process more objective
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HB 5377 would make parole process more objective

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is neutral on the bill but provided supporting information to […]

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Bills expand employment opportunities in the healthcare industry
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Bills expand employment opportunities in the healthcare industry

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, and JT Weis, CEO of Abcor Industries, testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39). Their testimony emphasized the need to increase the available workforce in Michigan and to remove barriers to […]

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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on barriers to employment
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House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on barriers to employment

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39). Cooper provided testimony in support of HB 5450, 5451, and 5452, which would eliminate overbroad restrictions on the talent pool available to health care providers, and promote […]

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  • on October 21, 2016 -

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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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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