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Michigan lifers by the numbers
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Michigan lifers by the numbers

This chart explains who is serving life in prison, for how long and the number of paroles for eligible lifers that were vetoed by judges. Lifers by the Numbers 5-12-13 Email this page

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The Michigan parole process for lifers

More than 5,000 prisoners, 11 percent of the population, are serving either parolable or non-parolable life.  This aging population is generally very low risk and is becoming increasingly expensive to care for as health problems increase.  Although they became eligible for release after serving 10 years, hundreds of lifers who were caught by changed parole […]

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CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials
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CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials

Click on headline below to read: Parolable Lifers in Michigan – Paying the price of unchecked discretion (includes executive summary) Michigan’s Parolable Lifers: The cost of a broken process Feb 12, 2014 CAPPS Press release  Michigan Department of Corrections Professionals Comment on Lifer Paroles * Read report summaries below: The Michigan Department of Corrections has tried to […]

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A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website
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A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website

On July 13, 2017, Urban Institute released a new study called, A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons. The project, funded by Open Society Foundations, provides state-by-state analysis of prison population demographics and length of time served. This new resource features audio recordings that highlight expertise and personal insights from […]

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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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UPDATE: Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee
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UPDATE: Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 5273, Judicial veto bill, CAPPS April 12, 2016 testimony We are extremely grateful to all the organizations and individuals who submitted testimony in support of the “judicial veto” reform bill. This is an important step forward for a long overdue reform. Details about the bill HB 5273, sponsored by Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Oronoko Twp.) […]

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House Criminal Justice Committee hearing on HB 5273, the “judicial veto” bill; request for letters of support from organizations
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House Criminal Justice Committee hearing on HB 5273, the “judicial veto” bill; request for letters of support from organizations

CAPPS has long worked to address the parole review procedures that have kept parolable lifers incarcerated past their first parole eligibility dates, regardless of their current risk to public safety. Among these is the ability of a successor to the sentencing judge to prevent the board from paroling a lifer by simply saying, “I object.” […]

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Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) introduced by Rep. Pagel
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Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) introduced by Rep. Pagel

Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) CAPPS has long worked to address the parole review procedures that have kept parolable lifers incarcerated long past their first parole eligibility date, regardless of their current risk to public safety. HB 5273, introduced by Rep. Pagel and cosponsored by Rep. Howrylak and referred to the House Judiciary Committee, would […]

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Old age in the big house
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Old age in the big house

 As number of elderly prisoners grows, prison system creaks under burden of rising health care costs January 6, 2015 5:00AM ET | Al Jazeera by Steve Friess   @stevefriess George Hall, 79, sits in his room on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Lakeland Men’s Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. Tim Galloway for Al Jazeera America COLDWATER, Mich. — […]

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Detroit News: Give juvenile lifers a shot at freedom
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Detroit News: Give juvenile lifers a shot at freedom

Detroit News, September 20, 2014 Click here for the full editorial. Excerpt below: … Revamping the guidelines for youths could have an added benefit of reducing the state’s hefty $2 billion corrections budget. Allowing those who are not a danger to society to go free or keeping some from ever having to serve time behind bars […]

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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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Part 2 of 2: Bridge Magazine: Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons
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Part 2 of 2: Bridge Magazine: Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons

First two of four Bridge Magazine articles on Michigan’s corrections spending By Ted Roelofs | Bridge Magazine | bridgemi.com | April 15, 2014 Conservatives seek to lead on prison reform At first blush, the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank, might seem an unlikely cheerleader for prison reform. Michael LaFaive, a fiscal analyst for […]

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Detroit News OP ED by former warden: Beyond the ‘possibility’ of parole
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Detroit News OP ED by former warden: Beyond the ‘possibility’ of parole

Read what one former MDOC warden has to say about parolable lifers: By Carol Howes | Detroit News | Opinion Editorial | April 1, 2014  During my more than three decades of service with the Michigan Department of Corrections, I watched as hundreds of prisoners who had committed very serious offenses in their youth matured into thoughtful […]

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