Special prisoner populations

Special prisoner populations

Special prisoner populations

The prisoner population includes special populations with specific needs and issues. Policies toward these groups affect the size of the prison system, its costs and its effect on the health of communities. These special populations include individuals sentenced as juveniles, aging prisoners, women, the mentally ill and sex offenders. In addition, Michigan’s prisons house a disproportionate percentage of people of color. CAPPS works with other organizations to identify the causes, consequences, and costs of incarceration for these special populations and to make recommendations for reform.

People convicted of sex offenses are the focus of enormous public attention.  Although research has repeatedly shown that sex offenders have lower recidivism rates, public policy is often shaped by fear and misinformation.  Sex offenders are granted parole less often than other offense groups and are subjected to intense monitoring in the community.  While research also shows that monitoring  techniques like the sex offender registry and electronic (GPS) tracking do little to prevent crime, restrictions imposed by Michigan’s sex offender registry have tightened greatly and even further restrictions are placed on probationers and parolees.

 

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