‘Presumptive Parole’ Category

Require the parole board to release people when they first become eligible – new fact sheets!
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Require the parole board to release people when they first become eligible – new fact sheets!

For nearly two decades, much of the growth in Michigan’s prison system was caused by a decline in parole grant rates.  Thousands of prisoners with good institutional records who had served their minimum sentences were denied release annually.   The size, and thus the cost, of the prison system depend on how many people enter […]

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Parole board and commutation process
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Parole board and commutation process

Read the entire statement of the Prisons and Corrections Section, State Bar of Michigan, by clicking below. “ . . . The Section supports a statutory presumption of parole when the person has served his or her minimum sentence. The presumption should apply to all prisoners, current and future. The presumption would be rebuttable and […]

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Barbara Levine: WKAR interview on pending criminal justice reform bills
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Barbara Levine: WKAR interview on pending criminal justice reform bills

Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy, explained the criminal justice reform bills in this 12-minute WKAR interview. While the medical parole and judicial veto bills have since passed the full House (see post), the interview provides a detailed explanation of the bills and their impact. Very much worth listening to and passing on! WKAR […]

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Barbara Levine Sets the Record Straight on Michigan’s Parole Reform Bill HB 4138
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  • on October 23, 2015 -

Barbara Levine Sets the Record Straight on Michigan’s Parole Reform Bill HB 4138

  Here’s some additional information: Answers to Tough Questions about House Bill 4138: The “Presumptive Parole” Bill 1. Will HB 4138 change the basic parole process in Michigan? Not at all. Parole guidelines that have been in effect since 1992 assess the risk of a prisoner reoffending. The statute has always said that prisoners being considered […]

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Media setting the record straight about evidence based parole reform (HB 4138)
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Media setting the record straight about evidence based parole reform (HB 4138)

The media is pushing back on the disinformation campaign about evidenced based parole reform. Examples: Brian Dickerson’s column in the Detroit Free Press: Why fear-mongers are losing the prison reform fight For the last decade or so, smart people in both major parties have been looking for ways to reduce the $2-billion bite the Michigan […]

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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward
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  • on October 21, 2015 -

Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward

Click here to download the CAPPS Summary of HB 4138  CAPPS has long worked to establish a presumption of parole for prisoners who are a low risk to public safety. On June 16, the House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-1 to report a bill to the House Floor that establishes a statutory presumption of parole under […]

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Barbara Levine on Off the Record – 8:30 PM Friday, October 16th
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Barbara Levine on Off the Record – 8:30 PM Friday, October 16th

WKAR Off the Record discusses presumptive parole with Barbara Levine Off the Record | October 16, 2015 Barbara Levine wants to change the state prison system.  Bill Ballenger, Zoe Clark and Kathy Gray join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. Watch it at video.wkar.org       Email this page

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Battle Creek Enquirer editorial takes on misinformation campaign about presumptive parole
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  • on October 16, 2015 -

Battle Creek Enquirer editorial takes on misinformation campaign about presumptive parole

Editorial: Presumptive Parole is safe for Michigan   Enquirer editorial board 7:25 p.m. EDT October 15, 2015: It’s infuriating when politicians, bereft of facts, resort to fear-mongering to get their way in public policy debates. When it’s the state’s top law enforcement official, it’s disgraceful. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s intransigence on so-called “tough on crime” […]

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Michigan House passes presumptive parole HB 4138 on bipartisan vote 67-39; read news coverage here
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Michigan House passes presumptive parole HB 4138 on bipartisan vote 67-39; read news coverage here

YOUR CALLS AND SUPPORT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Today’s bipartisan, solid majority vote on presumptive parole reform was an important step towards implementing smarter, evidence-based corrections policies that will allow the state of Michigan to save millions without reducing public safety. We congratulate the Republican and Democratic lawmakers who voted for this important reform for […]

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William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies
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William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies

Click to read online at MLIVE.com: William G. Milliken: Time to reverse Michigan’s failed, costly imprisonment policies Read online CAPPS-Summary-of-HB-4138 (H-4) Failed policies of the past have kept people in prison long beyond the time they were safe to release, former Gov. William G. Milliken says.  William G. Milliken was governor of Michigan from 1969 […]

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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated
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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated

Thank you for your support throughout the reform debates! Here’s a quick summary of the outcome with links to the bills: A Senate substitute  bill (S-9) for House Bill 5928 creates a Criminal Justice Policy Commission with a four-year sunset provision. 2014-HCB-5928 Unfortunately, reforms of repeat offender sentencing that were included in HB 5928 were not included in the […]

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CAPPS/Mackinac Center: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform
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CAPPS/Mackinac Center: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform

CAPPS/Mackinac Center OP ED: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform Barbara Levine and Michael LaFaive 5:18 p.m. EST December 13, 2014, Detroit Free Press (Photo: 2009 photo by ANDRE J. JACKSON/Detroit Free Press) Michigan spends nearly 20% of its general-fund dollars locking people up. A portion of that money could be better spent elsewhere, such as on […]

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