‘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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  • on October 1, 2012 -

New Michigan law: 4-time violent felons will get minimum 25 years in prison

David Eggert, MLIVE.com NOTE:  CAPPS opposed SB 1109, which created the new mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentences for certain violent offenders convicted of a fourth offense. CAPPS’s advocacy played an important role in narrowing the bill’s impact. LANSING, MI – Violent criminals will be imprisoned for at least 25 years if they have been convicted of […]

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  • on September 30, 2012 -

Moving backwards in sentencing policy; State enacts 25-year mandatory minimum for fourth offenders

CAPPS Consensus newsletter This issue of the Consensus newsletter explains SB 1109, the reasons CAPPS opposed it and habitual offender sentencing, beginning on Page 16. This fall, our legislators pushed through a hot-button crime bill that delivered good sound bites at the expense of sound public policy. Senate Bill 1109 amended MCL 769.13 to require […]

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  • on September 1, 2012 -

Length of stay drives prison costs Michigan sentences get longer– and longer

Fall 2012  |  CAPPS Consensus newsletter The latest CAPPS Consensus newsletter includes revealing information about Michigan sentencing practices over the last four decades, beginning on Page 6 of an article on the Pew Center on the States report that reveals Michigan’s extraordinarily long – and extraordinarily expensive – average prison length of stay: “The Pew report […]

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  • on July 3, 2012 -

Editorial: Harsh sentencing rules cost millions without cutting crime

July 3, 2012  |  Detroit Free Press CAPPS’s readers can find the full Pew Center report under “Publications” on this site. You can read more about the Pew report under “Corrections spending”. Michigan legislators and taxpayers looking to save hundreds of millions of dollars in corrections costs should check out the Pew Center report (“Time Served: The […]

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  • on April 6, 2012 -

Jeff Gerritt: Unlock the debate on good time and other sentencing reforms

April 6, 2012  |  Detroit Free Press column Sentencing credits or “good time” could save the state millions without compromising public safety. Columnist Jeff Gerritt talks about why this issue isn’t getting any traction in the legislature. Michigan’s prosecuting attorneys have squashed a needed debate on prison sentencing policies that cost state taxpayers tens of millions […]

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  • on January 20, 2011 -

Credits encourage good behavior, offer cost savings

Jan. 20, 2011  |  Barbara R. Levine, Detroit Free Press Barbara R. Levine is executive director of the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending. Proponents of Michigan’s unique “truth in sentencing” scheme must answer two questions. What benefits make it worth the huge expense? And why do they think they are right and everyone else […]

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  • on January 24, 2010 -

Kime: Filling prisons doesn’t reduce the crime rate

January 24, 2010  |  William L. Kime, Lansing State Journal guest editorial William L. Kime of Ionia is a former deputy director of the state Department of Corrections for research and planning and serves on the CAPPS Board of Directors. There is a good deal of controversy over the proposal to restore “good time credits” to […]

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  • on January 10, 2010 -

Editorial: Reforms can safely cut prison population and state costs

January 10, 2010  |  The Detroit Free Press editorial This is an excerpt from a Detroit Free Press editorial calling for criminal justice reforms to reduce corrections spending. The list of reforms it calls for are still relevant today. . . . The state’s 36 prisons now hold roughly 46,400 inmates — the fewest since 2001 […]

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Editorial: Lawmakers have much work to do to fix Michigan

January 11, 2010  |  The Detroit News The Detroit News includes “good time” to reduce prison sentences in this excerpt from a 2010 editorial that is still relevant today.  Lawmakers returning to Lansing this week should dig right into pending legislation for making Michigan better. With a $1.8 billion budget shortfall looming, there isn’t time for […]

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