‘Legislation’ Category

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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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”
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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”

Jake Neher, Michigan Radio, November 20, 2014 Click here to read more. “Michigan spends about $2 billion every year on prisons. The legislation seeks to reduce the length of some prison stays and provide more supervision for people after they are released from prison. The most widely supported proposal would create a commission to oversee […]

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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?
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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Will the Senate’s paroxysm of responsible leadership inspire lawmakers to do other grown-up things in the remaining days of lame duck? State Rep. Joe Haveman, is hoping that it will. Haveman, the term-limited chairman of the the House Appropriations Committee, […]

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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system
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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system

Newt Gingrich, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full op-ed. “We are not getting the public safety that our billions should be providing us. In state after state, we have overused imprisonment, even for low-risk offenders. Incarceration has become the norm despite clear evidence that many nonviolent offenders can be […]

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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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Over 100 people participated in CAPPS Legislative Day!
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Over 100 people participated in CAPPS Legislative Day!

Over 100 CAPPS supporters from across Michigan met with their legislators – in their offices, outside House and Senate sessions and over lunch. Above: CAPPS members fill both sides of the south legislative gallery. We will upload more pictures and provide details about NEXT STEPS in the coming week. Click here for the program details: Program September 17 2014 […]

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Detroit Free Press: “Time for Michigan Legislature to give juvenile lifers a 2nd chance”
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Detroit Free Press: “Time for Michigan Legislature to give juvenile lifers a 2nd chance”

Former chief judges publish guest column pleading the Michigan Legislature to give juvenile lifers a 2nd chance Detroit Free Press August 7th, 2014 Click here to read article on the Detroit Free Press website Detroit Free PressIn 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that giving a mandatory life without parole sentence to a teen […]

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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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Lansing State Journal Greater Lansing Outlook section asks leaders:  Can Michigan unlock a door to criminal justice reforms?
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Lansing State Journal Greater Lansing Outlook section asks leaders: Can Michigan unlock a door to criminal justice reforms?

June 27, 2014   |  Lansing State Journal Note: CAPPS op ed, below Because “Michigan’s criminal justice system continues to strain the state’s budget and its spending on corrections is higher than many other states,” The June 27, 2014  Greater Lansing Outlook section of the Lansing State Journal looked at “research into sentencing guidelines and other practices […]

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