‘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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Proposal: End vetoes of lifer paroles by successor judges

CAPPS issue brief  |  January 2013 The parole process for lifers People who are serving “parolable life” sentences become eligible for release after either 10 or 15 years, depending on the date of the offense. The parole board must conduct a public hearing at which the prisoner is examined extensively and both supporters and opponents of […]

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SB 1214 stalls after amendment

Issue background | CAPPS In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sen. Rick Jones, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced SB 1214. The bill would have added the Attorney General to the list of parties who can appeal a decision to grant parole, along with the county prosecutor and the victim. However, thanks to CAPPS and […]

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New governor abolishes old 15-member parole board; creates new board, gives appointment duties back to MDOC
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New governor abolishes old 15-member parole board; creates new board, gives appointment duties back to MDOC

Spring 2011  |  CAPPS Consensus newsletter This article, on Page 18 of the Spring 2011 Consensus, includes information about current parole board members and changes made in parole board operations. Gov. Rick Snyder has abolished the 15-person parole board and replaced it with a new 10-member board whose associates have been appointed by the Michigan Department […]

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Recording of parole interviews

Issue background  |  CAPPS There are a number of reasons for recording parole interviews, including to permit effective appeals, should the right to appeal parole decisions be restored. Below is an excerpt from a list of reasons to record parole interviews. The “substantial and compelling reasons” given for denying parole to people who are statistically at […]

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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy? A study of prisoner release and recidivism in Michigan
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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy? A study of prisoner release and recidivism in Michigan

An analysis of 76,721 cases of Michigan prisoners sentenced to indeterminate terms after 1981 and released for the first time from 1986 through 1999. The results show that continuing to incarcerate people who have served their minimum sentences for an additional year or two doesn’t significantly improve public safety.  Examining re-offense rates by offense type […]

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Extending parole terms for those who owe restitution

Policy statement  |  Prisons & Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan Below is an excerpt from a Prisons & Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan statement on extending parole terms for those who owe restitution. Click here to read the full report to view the entire statement. “. . . It is […]

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CAPPS urges community oversight for very ill, elderly

Issue background  |  CAPPS While the numbers have changed from those published in this 2006 CAPPS Consensus article six years ago, the issue is still one that needs to be addressed. Recent press reports about the prison medical care system not only highlight the poor treatment seriously ill people receive, they raise questions about why we […]

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The high cost of denying parole: An analysis of prisoners eligible for release

The numbers have changed, but this report’s main points and conclusions are, sadly, still applicable a decade later. From the Executive summary: In 1992, Michigan changed from a parole board whose members were corrections professionals to one comprised of political appointees. The current board has adopted numerous policies and practices that lengthen the time prisoners […]

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