‘Legislation’ Category

Medical parole bills introduced; CAPPS testimony
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Medical parole bills introduced; CAPPS testimony

In November, HB 5078-5080 were introduced in the House of Representatives and sent to the Appropriations Committee, which would allow the parole board to grant medical paroles to people who are physically or mentally incapacitated. The bills, sponsored by Reps. Pscholka, Pagel, and others, establish the process by which the parole board can consider and […]

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HB 4138 – Key points, answers to tough questions
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  • on October 28, 2015 -

HB 4138 – Key points, answers to tough questions

Here is information prepared to help you discuss HB 4138: HB 4138 is evidence-based parole reform. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Northville)  was the product of extensive negotiations among key stakeholders, including law enforcement, and has strong public and bi-partisan support. HB 4138 applies to eligible prisoners who score lowest risk on the parole board’s […]

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Answers to Questions about House Bill 4138:  The “Presumptive Parole” Bill
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  • on October 22, 2015 -

Answers to Questions about House Bill 4138: The “Presumptive Parole” Bill

1. Will HB 4138 change the basic parole process in Michigan? Not at all.  Parole guidelines that have been in effect since 1992 assess the risk of a prisoner reoffending.  The statute has always said that prisoners being considered for parole who score low risk on the guidelines should be released unless the parole board […]

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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward
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  • on October 21, 2015 -

Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward

Click here to download the CAPPS Summary of HB 4138  CAPPS has long worked to establish a presumption of parole for prisoners who are a low risk to public safety. On June 16, the House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-1 to report a bill to the House Floor that establishes a statutory presumption of parole under […]

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Michigan House passes presumptive parole HB 4138 on bipartisan vote 67-39; read news coverage here
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  • on October 1, 2015 -

Michigan House passes presumptive parole HB 4138 on bipartisan vote 67-39; read news coverage here

YOUR CALLS AND SUPPORT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Today’s bipartisan, solid majority vote on presumptive parole reform was an important step towards implementing smarter, evidence-based corrections policies that will allow the state of Michigan to save millions without reducing public safety. We congratulate the Republican and Democratic lawmakers who voted for this important reform for […]

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William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies
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  • on July 23, 2015 -

William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies

Click to read online at MLIVE.com: William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies Read online CAPPS-Summary-of-HB-4138 (H-4) Failed policies of the past have kept people in prison long beyond the time they were safe to release, former Gov. William G. Milliken says.  William G. Milliken was governor of Michigan from 1969 […]

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House Committee votes 8-1 on HB 4419, felony firearm reform
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  • on June 24, 2015 -

House Committee votes 8-1 on HB 4419, felony firearm reform

HB 4419 would eliminate the mandatory two-year consecutive sentence The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-1 for HB 4419, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Heise (R- Northville). The bill eliminates the mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for the possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, or “felony firearm” offense. It increases the maximum to […]

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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated
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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated

Thank you for your support throughout the reform debates! Here’s a quick summary of the outcome with links to the bills: A Senate substitute  bill (S-9) for House Bill 5928 creates a Criminal Justice Policy Commission with a four-year sunset provision. 2014-HCB-5928 Unfortunately, reforms of repeat offender sentencing that were included in HB 5928 were not included in the […]

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New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?
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  • on December 7, 2014 -

New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?

Click here to download pdf of the full report: CAPPS – Paroling people who committed serious crimes, 11-23-14 We can safely parole hundreds of people who committed very serious crimes. CAPPS’s new report, using Michigan Department of Corrections data on returns to prison for new crimes, echoes decades of research in Michigan and other jurisdictions that finds […]

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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)
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  • on December 7, 2014 -

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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