‘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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Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)
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  • on December 7, 2014 -

Why CAPPS opposes HB 5931 (H-2)

Three steps forward and one giant step backward for criminal justice reform:  The package of criminal justice reform bills that emerged from the Council of State Government process (HB 5928, 5929, 5930 and 5931) is pending action in the Senate. CAPPS endorses three bills in the package: HB 5928, 5929 and 5930. The bills would […]

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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice
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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice

Associated Press, November 30, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Michigan lawmakers are considering changes in the state’s criminal justice system, including a fairer path to parole for prisoners and a data-driven effort to rewrite sentencing guidelines for certain crimes. The case is being made by a western Michigan Republican, Rep. Joe Haveman […]

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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?
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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Will the Senate’s paroxysm of responsible leadership inspire lawmakers to do other grown-up things in the remaining days of lame duck? State Rep. Joe Haveman, is hoping that it will. Haveman, the term-limited chairman of the the House Appropriations Committee, […]

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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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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy?
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Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy?

The conclusions reached in this ground-breaking 2009 research was confirmed by several later research reports. The report’s findings are especially important for today’s debate on presumptive parole. From the report: “. . . The present research was designed to clarify the actual risk of paroling people who have served their minimum sentences. In the 14 […]

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  • on March 29, 2012 -

Real truth in sentencing could really save big prison dollars

March 29, 2012 By Richard Stapleton, associate director, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending, guest column, Bridge Magazine Ultimately, the least expensive prisoner is one who isn’t there. While the prison population has dropped by about 8,000 over the last five years, the Michigan Department of Corrections’ projections anticipate no further decline. But the […]

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Justice reinvestment in Michigan: Analysis of crime, community corrections and sentencing policies

This report and the policy brief below were developed by the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments (CSG) in response to a request by Governor Granholm and the legislature for technical assistance to address the high rates of crime and victimization in Michigan and to reduce spending on corrections. Click here to download […]

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  • on March 28, 2009 -

CAPPS critiques CSG report: Policy options to deter crime, lower recidivism, and reduce spending on corrections

In 2009, the Council of State Governments’s (CSG) Justice Policy Center provided a range of policy options for Michigan policymakers.CAPPS opposed many of these recommendations. You will find our critique of the Council of State Governments’s report in the materials and testimony below.  For the CSG recommendations: Click here to download the PDF. For CAPPS’s analysis […]

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