‘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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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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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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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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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state
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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state

Laura Sager, CAPPS executive director, wrote a guest Op-Ed for the Detroit Free Press that was published Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013. In her Op-Ed, Sager argues that the state of Michigan is spending too much money keeping people locked up who are elderly, ill  and who have served far beyond their eligible parole dates. This […]

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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions
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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions

Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher recently interviewed CAPPS Executive Director Laura Sager and Board member Monica Jahner. They discussed how Michigan’s parole policies contribute to our $2 billion annual corrections budget, by keeping people incarcerated far longer than necessary for public safety:   Michigan’s inmates stay in prison longer than those in any of the […]

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