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Barbara Levine appointed to new Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Commission
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Barbara Levine appointed to new Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Commission

CAPPS is pleased to announce that Barbara Levine, CAPPS’s associate director for research and policy, was appointed by Governor Snyder to the new Criminal Justice Policy Commission. Levine founded CAPPS in 1998 and served as the organization’s executive director, until she decided to focus on research and policy beginning in 2012. CAPPS had long advocated for reinstating […]

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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal
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June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal

New CAPPS report lays out roadmap to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population On June 11,  CAPPS  announced the release of a new report titled: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal. This report examines the key factors that led to a striking increase in Michigan’s prison population over the last three decades, and recommends a […]

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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward
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Evidence-based parole reform bill (HB 4138) is an important step forward

Click here to download the CAPPS Summary of HB 4138  CAPPS has long worked to establish a presumption of parole for prisoners who are a low risk to public safety. On June 16, the House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-1 to report a bill to the House Floor that establishes a statutory presumption of parole under […]

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Please attend CAPPS Legislative Day, Tuesday, October 27
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Please attend CAPPS Legislative Day, Tuesday, October 27

CAPPS LEGISLATIVE DAY ON OCTOBER 27 Senate vote on HB 4138 “presumptive parole” still pending – see below Take action! Please come to Lansing on October 27 to support HB 4138 Stand up for parole reform now! Please use Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word by copying and posting this announcement: Citizens Alliance on […]

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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee
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Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee

The state would be required to make objective, evidence-based parole decisions under legislation that moved unanimously out of Rep. Klint Kesto’s (R-Commerce Twp.) House Law and Justice Committee this morning. Three members passed on the vote. HB 5377 is designed to take the subjectivity out of parole decisions by setting parole board guidelines that establish […]

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MIRS article: Parole Reform Debate Returns To House Panel
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MIRS article: Parole Reform Debate Returns To House Panel

The last time former Rep. Joe HAVEMAN tried to run this concept, he ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from fellow Republican Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE. When the dust settled, it was Schuette one, Haveman zippo. The prison reform movement is now back with a new bill designed to parole inmates who have served their minimum sentence, […]

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Michigan Capitol Confidential: CAPPS discusses jail housing fees in Michigan
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Michigan Capitol Confidential: CAPPS discusses jail housing fees in Michigan

Michigan Capitol Confidential interviewed John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, about jail housing fees in Michigan. The fees can affect a successful return to the community. Cooper said: “The jail housing fees imposed by many counties in Michigan are a significant additional barrier to success after incarceration. The people impacted by these fees are disproportionately poor to begin […]

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The Detroit News Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison
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The Detroit News Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison

Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison At the age of 10, I senselessly lost my best friend to gun violence. Even as an elementary school student, Reubin Elder represented something bigger to us. Reubin was a popular and straight-A student who tragically died in a random drive-by shooting in our Highland Park neighborhood. So much […]

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MDOC supports Safe and Smart Parole Reform, releasing elderly prisoners
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MDOC supports Safe and Smart Parole Reform, releasing elderly prisoners

How to cut corrections, by Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio on May 19, 2017 Six years ago, the superintendent of a small and struggling school district in Gratiot County wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking that his school be declared a prison. “The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 […]

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Barbara Levine, associate director, featured on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson
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Barbara Levine, associate director, featured on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

How Personal Data and Algorithms Send People to Prison How much control do we give data and algorithms over our lives? Should they be able to determine how long an inmate stays behind bars? These questions are at the heart of a recent New York Times article on a state supreme court case in Wisconsin, wherein […]

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MIRS article: Kesto eyes more jobs opportunities for ex-cons
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MIRS article: Kesto eyes more jobs opportunities for ex-cons

Convicts leaving incarceration often have a difficult time re-entering the working world because, according to one survey, 65 percent of employers would never consider hiring someone with a felony record. And there are other barriers to employment. For instance, John SCHWARTZ of Trinity Health-Michigan told the story of one hospital employee who was arrested for a drunk driving […]

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Gongwer article: Business leaders praise Vocational Village, ask for other changes
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Gongwer article: Business leaders praise Vocational Village, ask for other changes

Business leaders from around the state seeking to hire those being released from prison or jail praised the Vocational Village program in Ionia in a House committee this week and asked for more changes in the state’s criminal justice policies to remove barriers to hiring former prisoners. The House Law and Justice Committee has been […]

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HB 4138, the Smart and Safe parole reform bill, is expected to move forward before the end of this year

The Smart and Safe parole reform bill, HB 4138, passed the House in June and is currently pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee. The bill is expected to move forward before the end of this legislative session in December. CAPPS will be sending out notices via email to all our members and supporters when the […]

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CAPPS UPDATE – Fall 2016 newsletter is ready!
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CAPPS UPDATE – Fall 2016 newsletter is ready!

There’s a lot happening  in the legislature this fall. Please download the most recent CAPPS UPDATE Fall 2016  newsletter by clicking here. Inside the newsletter you’ll find updates on the judicial veto bill, medical parole package, and Smart and Safe parole reform. You will also find a flyer and registration information for the CAPPS Annual Membership Meeting on […]

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