‘Parole Process’ Category

 

  • by
  • ,
  • on February 28, 2013 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›

 

  • by
  • ,
  • on February 28, 2013 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›
LSJ report on failure to commute elderly, ill prisoners underlines the need for medical paroles
  • by
  • ,
  • on April 29, 2013 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›
CAPPS video: The meaning of “life” – Restoring fairness to Michigan’s prison system
  • by
  • ,
  • on August 2, 2013 -

CAPPS video: The meaning of “life” – Restoring fairness to Michigan’s prison system

The CAPPS video below was produced a number of years ago, but the problems it addresses are still current today. At the time this video was made, there were about 850 parolable lifers that were years, or decades, past their first parole eligibility date. Today, there are about 860 parolable lifers beyond their first parole […]

Continue Reading —›
House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers
  • by
  • ,
  • on July 18, 2013 -

House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers

Long-awaited legislation to reform Michigan laws that currently allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or JLWOP, was introduced in June and is now awaiting action in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bills have strong bipartisan support. One of the bills in the package, HB 4809, also includes important […]

Continue Reading —›
Michigan lifers by the numbers
  • by
  • ,
  • on April 25, 2013 -

Michigan lifers by the numbers

This chart explains who is serving life in prison, for how long and the number of paroles for eligible lifers that were vetoed by judges. Lifers by the Numbers 5-12-13 Email this page

Continue Reading —›

 

  • by
  • ,
  • on February 28, 2013 -

Parole conditions make it hard to succeed

Issue background | CAPPS This article was originally published in the Fall 2007 issue of Consensus but the issue has not yet been resolved. Michigan Administrative Rule 791.7730 says that orders of parole shall contain conditions that are reasonably necessary to assist a parolee to lead a law abiding life. Further, the rule requires there […]

Continue Reading —›

 

  • by
  • ,
  • on January 1, 2013 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›

 

  • by
  • ,
  • on September 30, 2012 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›
New governor abolishes old 15-member parole board; creates new board, gives appointment duties back to MDOC
  • by
  • ,
  • on April 4, 2011 -

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 […]

Continue Reading —›