‘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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  • on January 8, 2011 -

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: Parole process needs reform
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Barbara Levine: Parole process needs reform

High-profile case obscures plight of others This guest editorial is still relevant to today’s debates. “ . . . While acts of clemency are good news, the focus on commutations obscures the fact that there are 11,000 Michigan prisoners currently eligible for parole who the parole board has chosen not to release. (This number does […]

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  • on November 1, 2003 -

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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