‘Share with prisoners’ Category

A note to family and friends of prisoners from CAPPS
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A note to family and friends of prisoners from CAPPS

Dear Friends, CAPPS will be posting information under this Action menu item “Share with prisoners.” You will be able to download documents onto your computer and/or print them. You can then mail or email it to your friend or family member in prison or share the information with others. We  hope you will help us […]

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LSJ report on failure to commute elderly, ill prisoners underlines the need for medical paroles
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LSJ report on failure to commute elderly, ill prisoners underlines the need for medical paroles

Read this compelling story of a nonviolent prisoner who was turned down for a commutation that would have allowed him to die at home. Thomas Whiteaker’s cancer is terminal and family members say he likely has fewer than two years to live, even with chemotherapy. “He should have the dignity to die with his family holding […]

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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime
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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime

An important article on the national trend of reducing prison populations by reducing average prison length of stay via sentencing and parole reforms. Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy,  provided information and is quoted in this excellent piece: By Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist, published Sunday, February 9, 2014 Americans are weary of […]

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Prison inmates donate $15,000 to help buy school uniforms for Michigan students
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Prison inmates donate $15,000 to help buy school uniforms for Michigan students

A Michigan Department of Human Services program that makes the agency’s services more directly available to at-risk families is drawing support from an unlikely source: the state’s prison population. The “Pathways to Potential” program is a project that embeds department personnel in selected schools in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Warren, giving students […]

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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission
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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission

On December 4, Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy joined others testifying before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of HB 5078. The bill would establish a Michigan sentencing guidelines commission identical to the one created in 1998 and subsequently abolished in 2002. Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland) sponsored the legislation, which […]

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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state
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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state

Laura Sager, CAPPS executive director, wrote a guest Op-Ed for the Detroit Free Press that was published Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013. In her Op-Ed, Sager argues that the state of Michigan is spending too much money keeping people locked up who are elderly, ill  and who have served far beyond their eligible parole dates. This […]

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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions
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Michigan Public Radio: Overhauling Michigan’s parole system could save taxpayers millions

Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher recently interviewed CAPPS Executive Director Laura Sager and Board member Monica Jahner. They discussed how Michigan’s parole policies contribute to our $2 billion annual corrections budget, by keeping people incarcerated far longer than necessary for public safety:   Michigan’s inmates stay in prison longer than those in any of the […]

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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers
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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers

Long-awaited legislation to reform Michigan laws that currently allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or JLWOP, was introduced in June and is now awaiting action in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bills have strong bipartisan support. One of the bills in the package, HB 4809, also includes important […]

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CAPPS reads: Race to Incarcerate: A graphic retelling
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CAPPS reads: Race to Incarcerate: A graphic retelling

Reposted from The Sentencing Project: First published in 1999, Marc Mauer’s Race to Incarcerate, a seminal work which explains the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system, has just been published as Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. Mauer collaborated with graphic artist Sabrina Jones to adapt and update the original text to produce a vivid and […]

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CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending
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CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending

Principle 1:  Reserve prison beds for people who are dangerous Restore the sentencing commission and reassess the impact of sentencing guidelines to ensure that drug and property offenders are not incarcerated unnecessarily and that sentences for crimes against persons are proportionate to the offense. Increase the availability of drug courts, mental health courts and community-based […]

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