‘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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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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Judy Putnam: Report offers ways to slim prison ranks
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Judy Putnam: Report offers ways to slim prison ranks

Sunday’s Lansing State Journal column by Judy Putnam discusses the conservative and liberal support for CAPPS’s recommendations; you can thank the author at Jputnam@Lsj.com or comment online. Judy Putnam: Report offers ways to slim prison ranks Lansing State Journal | July 11, 2015 “A blueprint on how to reduce the number of prisoners in Michigan […]

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Washington Post: How parole boards keep prisoners in the dark and behind bars
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Washington Post: How parole boards keep prisoners in the dark and behind bars

“How parole boards keep prisoners behind in the dark and behind bars” is an important investigative piece on parole board processes throughout the United States, featuring the case of a Michigan lifer. CAPPS’s director of research and policy, Barbara Levine, is quoted. Washington Post: How parole boards keep prisoners in the dark and behind bars […]

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CAPPS/Mackinac Center: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform
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CAPPS/Mackinac Center: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform

CAPPS/Mackinac Center OP ED: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform Barbara Levine and Michael LaFaive 5:18 p.m. EST December 13, 2014, Detroit Free Press (Photo: 2009 photo by ANDRE J. JACKSON/Detroit Free Press) Michigan spends nearly 20% of its general-fund dollars locking people up. A portion of that money could be better spent elsewhere, such as on […]

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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)
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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)

Three steps forward and one giant step backward for criminal justice reform:  The package of criminal justice reform bills that emerged from the Council of State Government process (HB 5928, 5929, 5930 and 5931) is pending action in the Senate. CAPPS endorses three bills in the package: HB 5928, 5929 and 5930. The bills would […]

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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice
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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice

Associated Press, November 30, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Michigan lawmakers are considering changes in the state’s criminal justice system, including a fairer path to parole for prisoners and a data-driven effort to rewrite sentencing guidelines for certain crimes. The case is being made by a western Michigan Republican, Rep. Joe Haveman […]

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