‘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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  • on February 28, 2010 -

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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1997 MDOC report “Five Years After” shows impact of 1992 draconian parole policy changes
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1997 MDOC report “Five Years After” shows impact of 1992 draconian parole policy changes

The report, Five Years After: An Analysis of the Michigan Parole Board since 1992, was published in 1997 by the  Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to document how the 1992 overhaul of the Parole Board and its parole review process increased the time prisoners were kept behind bars during that five-year period. Ken McGinnis, then the MDOC […]

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