‘Sentencing’ Category

Sentencing: the Michigan system
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Sentencing: the Michigan system

A brief guide to Michigan’s sentencing system and the role of the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 1998-2002: In Michigan’s system of indeterminate sentencing, each branch of government has a role. In 1998, the Legislature adopted sentencing guidelines, developed by a special commission, that limit how judges can exercise their discretion. The guidelines are designed to […]

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A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website
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  • on July 19, 2017 -

A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website

On July 13, 2017, Urban Institute released a new study called, A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons. The project, funded by Open Society Foundations, provides state-by-state analysis of prison population demographics and length of time served. This new resource features audio recordings that highlight expertise and personal insights from […]

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House Committee votes 8-1 on HB 4419, felony firearm reform
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  • on June 24, 2015 -

House Committee votes 8-1 on HB 4419, felony firearm reform

HB 4419 would eliminate the mandatory two-year consecutive sentence The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-1 for HB 4419, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Heise (R- Northville). The bill eliminates the mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for the possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, or “felony firearm” offense. It increases the maximum to […]

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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal
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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal

New CAPPS report lays out roadmap to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population On June 11,  CAPPS  announced the release of a new report titled: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal. This report examines the key factors that led to a striking increase in Michigan’s prison population over the last three decades, and recommends a […]

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NEW REPORT Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System
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NEW REPORT Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System

Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System by The Sentencing Project “Black lives matter” has become a rallying cry in light of evidence that the criminal justice system is failing to uphold this basic truth. Official data, although woefully inadequate, show that over half of those killed by police in recent […]

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Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform
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Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform

Anne Yantus, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law | 2014 Abstract The governor and several legislators have requested review of Michigan’s sentencing practices with an eye toward sentence reform. Michigan leads the country in the average length of prison stay, and by internal comparisons the average minimum sentence has nearly doubled in the last decade. […]

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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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New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?
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New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?

Click here to download pdf of the full report: CAPPS – Paroling people who committed serious crimes, 11-23-14 We can safely parole hundreds of people who committed very serious crimes. CAPPS’s new report, using Michigan Department of Corrections data on returns to prison for new crimes, echoes decades of research in Michigan and other jurisdictions that finds […]

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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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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”
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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”

Jake Neher, Michigan Radio, November 20, 2014 Click here to read more. “Michigan spends about $2 billion every year on prisons. The legislation seeks to reduce the length of some prison stays and provide more supervision for people after they are released from prison. The most widely supported proposal would create a commission to oversee […]

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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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