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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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The Toledo Blade weighs in: Michigan needs to reform the parole review process for lifers
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The Toledo Blade weighs in: Michigan needs to reform the parole review process for lifers

Locked Out Editorial published by the Toledo Blade February, 24, 2014 For more than three decades, Michigan, Ohio, and most other states have engaged in a costly and futile race to incarcerate. It has quadrupled their prison populations and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year, with no demonstrable effect on crime.Ohio’s prison […]

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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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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American
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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American

A new report by The Sentencing Project documents the rise of life sentences in the U.S. While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984.  The Sentencing Project’s new report found that over 159,000 people were […]

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CAPPS video: The meaning of “life” – Restoring fairness to Michigan’s prison system
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CAPPS video: The meaning of “life” – Restoring fairness to Michigan’s prison system

The CAPPS video below was produced a number of years ago, but the problems it addresses are still current today. At the time this video was made, there were about 850 parolable lifers that were years, or decades, past their first parole eligibility date. Today, there are about 860 parolable lifers beyond their first parole […]

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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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