‘Legislation’ Category

Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences
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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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Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions
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Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions

Another news story on the CAPPS reports released Feb 12, 2014 (see reports this website). Note that a survey by the Prisons and Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan documented judges’ intentions in sentencing parolable lifers. You can find that survey on this website at : By Rick Pluta | WKAR.org | February […]

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Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually
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Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually

Another good article on the reports CAPPS released Feb. 12, 2014 (see In the News): detroitnews.com Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually By Gary Heinlein | Detroit News | Feb. 12, 2014  Lansing— The state is wasting up to $17 million a year keeping 850 aging and sick life-sentenced inmates imprisoned rather […]

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Former Michigan corrections officers urge prisoner parole reforms
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Former Michigan corrections officers urge prisoner parole reforms

 By Melissa Anders | Manders@Mlive.Com | February 12, 2014 A group of former corrections officials urged the state to change its parole review process for prisoners serving life sentences. (MLive File Photo) LANSING — A group of former corrections officials have called on Michigan to reform the parole review process for prisoners serving life sentences. The group, […]

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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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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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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers
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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers

Long-awaited legislation to reform Michigan laws that currently allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or JLWOP, was introduced in June and is now awaiting action in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bills have strong bipartisan support. One of the bills in the package, HB 4809, also includes important […]

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  • on April 29, 2013 -

ACLU’s overview of state legislative efforts to reduce prison populations

On April 29, 2013, Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, circulated this overview of  legislative initiatives and news from across the U.S.: Highlights from the national campaign to end over-incarceration State Legislative Highlights: A number of states have either passed laws or are advancing bills that could reduce state correctional populations. Below are […]

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Require the parole board to release people when they first become eligible – new fact sheets!
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Require the parole board to release people when they first become eligible – new fact sheets!

For nearly two decades, much of the growth in Michigan’s prison system was caused by a decline in parole grant rates.  Thousands of prisoners with good institutional records who had served their minimum sentences were denied release annually.   The size, and thus the cost, of the prison system depend on how many people enter […]

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CAPPS critiques CSG report: Policy options to deter crime, lower recidivism, and reduce spending on corrections

In 2009, the Council of State Governments’s (CSG) Justice Policy Center provided a range of policy options for Michigan policymakers.CAPPS opposed many of these recommendations. You will find our critique of the Council of State Governments’s report in the materials and testimony below.  For the CSG recommendations: Click here to download the PDF. For CAPPS’s analysis […]

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