‘Parole Process’ Category

 

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The Michigan parole process

CAPPS has long recommended a series of reforms to the parole process that would enhance the objectivity, fairness and transparency of parole decision-making. These include restoring the prisoner’s right to appeal parole denials, just as prosecutors can appeal parole grants. The availability of judicial review is critical to enforcing statutory parole guidelines and any statutory […]

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What are parole guidelines and how do they work?

The Michigan Department of Correction developed parole guidelines in 1984 to “reduce the potential for disparity in parole decisions and to explicitly define the bases upon which rational and equitable parole release decisions should be made,” according to an MDOC report. That is, they were initially conceived to make decisions more objective and consistent, not […]

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LSJ report on failure to commute elderly, ill prisoners underlines the need for medical paroles
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LSJ report on failure to commute elderly, ill prisoners underlines the need for medical paroles

Read this compelling story of a nonviolent prisoner who was turned down for a commutation that would have allowed him to die at home. Thomas Whiteaker’s cancer is terminal and family members say he likely has fewer than two years to live, even with chemotherapy. “He should have the dignity to die with his family holding […]

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Fact Sheet: Objective Parole Reform for low-risk offenders

HB 5377, Objective Parole Reform, simply defines what constitutes “substantial and compelling” reasons so that they are relevant to an incarcerated person’s current risk. This fact sheet provides a comprehensive review of what the HB 5377 will and will not accomplish. Read>> Fact Sheet: Objective Parole Reform for low-risk offenders Email this page

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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee
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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee

The state would be required to make objective, evidence-based parole decisions under legislation that moved unanimously out of Rep. Klint Kesto’s (R-Commerce Twp.) House Law and Justice Committee this morning. Three members passed on the vote. HB 5377 is designed to take the subjectivity out of parole decisions by setting parole board guidelines that establish […]

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Objective parole reform (HB 5377) moves forward
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Objective parole reform (HB 5377) moves forward

House Bill 5377, sponsored by Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39), will establish an objective parole process. The bill will promote consistency in the parole process, while preserving the parole board’s ability to deny parole to anyone for objective public safety reasons. On April 10, 2018, the House Law and Justice Committee voted by […]

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Medically frail bills move on to House floor
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Medically frail bills move on to House floor

Michigan’s prison population is aging. It is the oldest in the country with an average age of 39. Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are over 50 years old and many have complex health problems that are getting steadily worse – and more expensive to treat. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported last year […]

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Bill allows for parole of the medically frail
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Bill allows for parole of the medically frail

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) estimates that as many as 850 people under their supervision are medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance and are often unable to get dressed, use the bathroom, or eat on their own. These people are so frail that they […]

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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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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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Answers to Questions about House Bill 4138:  The “Presumptive Parole” Bill
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Answers to Questions about House Bill 4138: The “Presumptive Parole” Bill

1. Will HB 4138 change the basic parole process in Michigan? Not at all.  Parole guidelines that have been in effect since 1992 assess the risk of a prisoner reoffending.  The statute has always said that prisoners being considered for parole who score low risk on the guidelines should be released unless the parole board […]

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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward
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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward

Click here to download the CAPPS Summary of HB 4138  CAPPS has long worked to establish a presumption of parole for prisoners who are a low risk to public safety. On June 16, the House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-1 to report a bill to the House Floor that establishes a statutory presumption of parole under […]

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William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies
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William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies

Click to read online at MLIVE.com: William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies Read online CAPPS-Summary-of-HB-4138 (H-4) Failed policies of the past have kept people in prison long beyond the time they were safe to release, former Gov. William G. Milliken says.  William G. Milliken was governor of Michigan from 1969 […]

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