‘Lifers’ Category

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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Foster-Bey litigation regarding parole for eligible lifers

Litigation  |  2005 – 2010 This class action suit on behalf of parole-eligible lifers claimed the “life means life” policy violates the ex post facto clause of the U.S. Constitution: Kenneth Foster-Bey, et al. v John S. Rubitschun, et al. (federal district court finding that change in parole board standard of review for parolable lifers violates […]

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When life did not mean life: A Historical Analysis of Life Sentences Imposed in Michigan Since 1900

CAPPS research  |  September 2006 The findings in this analysis are still relevant to today’s discussion of parolable lifers. From the report: “The historical record makes it indisputably clear that a life sentence in Michigan did not always mean “no release.” On the contrary, a parolable lifer’s chances of being released from prison have dropped dramatically […]

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Rethinking life sentences

Booth Newspapers, Inc. |  2006 By Judy Putnam LANSING — In 1977, a Saginaw judge sent 21-year-old Reynaldo Rodriguez to prison for life for the shooting death of a teen who had allegedly threatened to kill Rodriguez’s younger brother, slapped his sister and shot bullets into his mother’s house. Despite the life sentence for second-degree […]

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No way out: Michigan’s parole board redefines the meaning of “life”

CAPPS research  |  September 2004 This comprehensive history of Michigan’s statutory and administrative policies controlling paroles for eligible “lifers” is still current today. The report examines the cumulative impact of those policies on the prisoner population and corrections costs. Click here to read the full report. Email this page

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What should “parolable life” mean? Judges respond to the controversy
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What should “parolable life” mean? Judges respond to the controversy

Prisons and Corrections Section  |  March 2002 This “Report of a Survey Conducted by The Prisons and Corrections Section State Bar of Michigan” is an important document that provides an essential understanding of judges’ intent when they sentenced people to life with the possibility of parole. The report is critical reading for today’s debates on parole […]

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1997 MDOC report “Five Years After” shows impact of 1992 draconian parole policy changes
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1997 MDOC report “Five Years After” shows impact of 1992 draconian parole policy changes

The report, Five Years After: An Analysis of the Michigan Parole Board since 1992, was published in 1997 by the  Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to document how the 1992 overhaul of the Parole Board and its parole review process increased the time prisoners were kept behind bars during that five-year period. Ken McGinnis, then the MDOC […]

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