‘Special Prisoner Populations’ Category

Raise the age cost study does not offer the full picture
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  • on March 9, 2018 -

Raise the age cost study does not offer the full picture

Only Michigan and four other states treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Currently, a 17-year-old, who is legally too young to vote, marry, or join the military, can be convicted in adult court. There is little disagreement among stakeholders that raise the age is good for Michigan. However, uncertainty about the potential […]

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House calls to end longstanding backlog of mental health evaluations
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House calls to end longstanding backlog of mental health evaluations

Michigan has a longstanding backlog of cases at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a state-operated facility that provides diagnostic services to the criminal justice system. The average wait time for a competency examination in Michigan is six months. This results in unnecessarily long pretrial detention of people with mental illness at the expense of taxpayers. […]

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Medically frail bills move on to House floor
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Medically frail bills move on to House floor

Michigan’s prison population is aging. It is the oldest in the country with an average age of 39. Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are over 50 years old and many have complex health problems that are getting steadily worse – and more expensive to treat. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported last year […]

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UPDATE: Medical parole package (5078, 5079, 5081) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee
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UPDATE: Medical parole package (5078, 5079, 5081) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

On February 17, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve an amended package of medical parole bills, HB 5078, 5079. and 5081. The full House of Representatives voted out the three CAPPS-supported bills on May 4, 2016. The bills were then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are still pending after an initial “no” […]

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Read NYT: 1.5 Million Missing Black Men
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Read NYT: 1.5 Million Missing Black Men

New York Times | 1.5 Million Missing Black Men APRIL 20, 2015 By JUSTIN WOLFERS, DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing. In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 […]

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Old age in the big house
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Old age in the big house

 As number of elderly prisoners grows, prison system creaks under burden of rising health care costs January 6, 2015 5:00AM ET | Al Jazeera by Steve Friess   @stevefriess George Hall, 79, sits in his room on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Lakeland Men’s Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. Tim Galloway for Al Jazeera America COLDWATER, Mich. — […]

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Governing: Aging Prisoners Shackle State Budgets
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Governing: Aging Prisoners Shackle State Budgets

Click here to read the full article. “Programs like this are needed as California’s older prison population is set to grow exponentially, particularly given many inmates’ lengthy sentences. About 5,400 are either on death row or facing life in prison without parole, and another 26,000 are sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. That’s […]

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The Nation: By 2030, American Prisons Will Be Filled With Grandmas and Grandpas
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The Nation: By 2030, American Prisons Will Be Filled With Grandmas and Grandpas

Click here to read the full story. “These are just two stories from the front lines of the emerging crisis of America’s aging prison population. All across the United States, prison populations are graying, growing old and infirm behind bars. Between 1995 and 2010, the number of people in prison who are older than 55 […]

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NYTimes: Nursing Homes Behind Bars
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NYTimes: Nursing Homes Behind Bars

New York Times Editorial, September 28, 2014 Click here to read the full editorial. Thanks largely to harsh and rigid sentencing laws, aging inmates — defined as starting anywhere from 50 to 65, depending on the state — make up the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American prison population. Between 1995 and 2010, the […]

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MCCD Battle Creek meeting to discuss youth incarceration – sign up today
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MCCD Battle Creek meeting to discuss youth incarceration – sign up today

Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency – Battle Creek Community Meeting Free and open to public REGISTER TODAY—SPACE IS LIMITED: www.miccd.org/regionalmeeting   Thursday, October 2nd (3:00pm-5:00pm) Burnham Brook Community Center 200 W. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017    The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (MCCD) new report, Youth Behind Bars, uncovers how Michigan’s harsh policies have funneled thousands […]

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