‘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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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”
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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”

Jake Neher, Michigan Radio, November 20, 2014 Click here to read more. “Michigan spends about $2 billion every year on prisons. The legislation seeks to reduce the length of some prison stays and provide more supervision for people after they are released from prison. The most widely supported proposal would create a commission to oversee […]

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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?
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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Will the Senate’s paroxysm of responsible leadership inspire lawmakers to do other grown-up things in the remaining days of lame duck? State Rep. Joe Haveman, is hoping that it will. Haveman, the term-limited chairman of the the House Appropriations Committee, […]

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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system
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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system

Newt Gingrich, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full op-ed. “We are not getting the public safety that our billions should be providing us. In state after state, we have overused imprisonment, even for low-risk offenders. Incarceration has become the norm despite clear evidence that many nonviolent offenders can be […]

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MLive: Reforms to criminal sentencing, monitoring and incarceration could come in ‘lame duck’ session
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MLive: Reforms to criminal sentencing, monitoring and incarceration could come in ‘lame duck’ session

Click here to read full article. “Reforms to the way criminals are sentenced, incarcerated and monitored could become law by the end of the year after four bills were introduced in Michigan Legislature Thursday. House Bills 5928-5931 are the product of the Council of State Governments’ collaboration with state lawmakers to look at Michigan’s criminal […]

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NYTimes: Nursing Homes Behind Bars
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NYTimes: Nursing Homes Behind Bars

New York Times Editorial, September 28, 2014 Click here to read the full editorial. Thanks largely to harsh and rigid sentencing laws, aging inmates — defined as starting anywhere from 50 to 65, depending on the state — make up the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American prison population. Between 1995 and 2010, the […]

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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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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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