‘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 January 10, 2010 -

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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  • on December 6, 2009 -

Bretz: ‘Good time’ change saves $$, people

December 6, 2009  |  Ron Bretz, Lansing State Journal guest editorial Ronald Bretz is a professor at Cooley Law School in Lansing and serves on the CAPPS Board of Directors. This guest column is a good summary of the “good time” issue. As the LSJ reported Nov. 29, Rep. George Cushingberry, D-Detroit, has introduced bills that […]

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Guide to 2003 Michigan drug law reforms
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  • on March 1, 2003 -

Guide to 2003 Michigan drug law reforms

The attached PDF provides a summary of the mandatory minimum drug law reforms: Former Governor John Engler signed the reforms of mandatory minimums, Public Acts 665, 666  and 670 of 2002, into law on Christmas Day, 2002. The laws took effect March 1, 2003.  For individuals sentenced after March 1, 2003, the reforms spearheaded by […]

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