‘Legislation’ Category

House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers
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  • on July 18, 2013 -

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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  • on January 1, 2013 -

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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  • on March 28, 2009 -

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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