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Corrections Spending
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Corrections Spending

CAPPS’s Principles for cutting corrections costs summarizes how to protect public safety while treating prisons as a scarce resource. Corrections cost reductions should not harm prisoners, their families and staff and corrections policies should be innovative and evidence-based.

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Sentencing
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Sentencing

Restoration of good time, disciplinary credits or some other form of sentencing credits could save the state millions annually. Michigan’s elimination of all such credits in the name of “truth in sentencing” is unique. Virtually every other state, the federal government and Michigan’s own 83 counties, use credits both to control the size of their prison and jail systems and to encourage positive conduct by prisoners.

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Parole process reforms
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Parole process reforms

CAPPS has long recommended a series of reforms to the parole process that would enhance the objectivity, fairness and transparency of parole decision-making. These include restoring the prisoner’s right to appeal parole denials, just as prosecutors can appeal parole grants. The availability of judicial review is critical to enforcing statutory parole guidelines and any statutory presumption of parole at the minimum. Other proposed reforms include: weight factors that predict re-offense risk, apply the parole guidelines to parolable lifers, establish due process safeguards for judicial vetoes of lifer paroles, expedite public hearing process for medically fragile prisoners and waive it for those who are terminally ill.

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Special prisoner populations
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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 […]

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Privatization/harmful cuts
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Privatization/harmful cuts

Safely reducing the prisoner population is the most effective way to reduce corrections spending. CAPPS opposes corrections cost reductions or cost shifts that harm prisoners, their families and/or corrections staff. In Michigan, private companies may operate entire prisons or specific prison services, such as medical care, mental health treatment and prisoner store operations. CAPPS is concerned […]

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Presumptive Parole
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Presumptive Parole

For nearly two decades, much of the growth in Michigan’s prison system was caused by a decline in parole grant rates. Thousands of prisoners with good institutional records who had served their minimum sentences were denied release annually.

Establishing a statutory presumption of parole when the minimum has been served, unless the prisoner has a history of serious institutional misconduct or evidence exists that s/he presents a current risk to public safety, would have several benefits. It would enforce the minimum sentence, ensure objectivity and consistency in parole decision making, increase parole grant rates, reduce corrections costs and help depoliticize the parole process.

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Prison programs
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Prison programs

The availability and quality of prison programs significantly effects average prison length of stay and the resulting corrections costs, as well as prisoners’ chances of success after release. Assaultive and sex offenders must complete specified treatment programs before parole will be granted. However, the MDOC routinely fails to provide timely access to those programs.  As a […]

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Lifers
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Lifers

More than 5,000 prisoners, over 11 percent of the population, are serving either parolable or non-parolable life sentences. This aging population is generally very low risk and is becoming increasingly expensive to care for as health problems increase.  About 850 individuals are serving parolable life terms. Although they became eligible for release after serving 10 […]

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Reentry and recidivism
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Reentry and recidivism

During the recent election campaign, pollsters continuously asked voters if they thought the coun- try is on the right track. It’s a question we should also ask about corrections in Michigan. And right now, the indicators don’t look good.

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Investing in safer, healthier communities
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Investing in safer, healthier communities

CAPPS collaborates with education and human service organizations to promote shifting state investment from corrections to education and other human service programs proven to reduce crime and recidivism. These include programs and services that reduce the criminal justice involvement of at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations, such as the chemically addicted and mentally ill.

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