‘Special Prisoner Populations’ Category

CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials
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CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials

Click on headline below to read: Parolable Lifers in Michigan – Paying the price of unchecked discretion (includes executive summary) Michigan’s Parolable Lifers: The cost of a broken process Feb 12, 2014 CAPPS Press release  Michigan Department of Corrections Professionals Comment on Lifer Paroles * Read report summaries below: The Michigan Department of Corrections has tried to […]

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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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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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NYT: Is 100 Years a Life Sentence? Opinions Are Divided – Juvenile sentencing

News on Juvenile Life Without Parole: Is 100 Years a Life Sentence? Opinions Are Divided By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times WASHINGTON — If people who are too young to vote commit crimes short of murder, the Supreme Court said in 2010, they should not be sentenced to die in prison. That sounds straightforward enough. But […]

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Michigan lifers by the numbers
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Michigan lifers by the numbers

This chart explains who is serving life in prison, for how long and the number of paroles for eligible lifers that were vetoed by judges. Lifers by the Numbers 5-12-13 Email this page

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Report: At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly, ACLU, June 13, 2012
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Report: At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly, ACLU, June 13, 2012

CAPPS is actively working to address the problem of aging prisoners, especially individuals serving life terms.  Here is a long, but important ACLU report that highlights the problem of aging prisoners: please download the report here. From the introduction: “[Y]ou actually create victims by not letting [elderly prisoners] go and us[ing] your resources on rehabilitation for the […]

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Hill v Snyder Opinion in juvenile life without parole litigation

Juveniles | January 30, 2013 First posted on January 30, 2013 by SecondChances Visit the Second Chances website for full coverage of Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP). “We had a great victory today in the civil rights case of Hill v. Snyder. U.S. District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara issued an order that every person […]

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At America’ s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly

Aging prisoners | June 2012 An ACLU report that highlights the problem of aging prisoners. CAPPS is actively working to address the problem of aging prisoners, especially individuals serving life terms. Click here to read this important report: “The United States keeps elderly men and women locked up despite an abundance of evidence demonstrating that recidivism drops […]

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Jeff Gerritt: When jails must be mental clinics

Mentally ill | May 6, 2012 By Jeff Gerritt, Detroit Free Press An excerpt from the series by Gerritt on mental health and the criminal justice system: “Mental illness has become a criminal offense in Michigan. No statute, of course, outlaws mental illness — anymore than it does big feet or green eyes. But as […]

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Second Chances: Juveniles serving life without parole in Michigan’s prisons

Juveniles | 2012 by Deborah LaBelle, Director, Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative, Anna Phillips, Research Coordinator and Laural Horton, Research Assistant An excerpt from the report: “Despite a global consensus that children cannot be held to the same standards of responsibility as adults, in the last twenty years the trend in the United States has been […]

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