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The debate about criminal justice reform: CAPPS analyzes PAAM report
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The debate about criminal justice reform: CAPPS analyzes PAAM report

CAPPS’s June report, 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal, detailed about two-dozen recommendations for safely reducing the Michigan prison population. Each recommendation is supported by relevant data and policy information. The report has been hailed as a “roadmap for legislators” by both conservative and liberal commentators and has received widespread editorial and […]

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Reducing incarceration by rethinking America’s approach to violence: JPI report
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Reducing incarceration by rethinking America’s approach to violence: JPI report

JPI cites CAPPS’s report 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal  National partner Justice Policy Institute (JPI) is an organization that advances policies that promote well-being and justice for all communities. The Institute does research and analysis along with training and technical assistance for people working for justice reform. JPIs recent report Defining Violence shows that the way violent crime […]

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First national report on crime survivors’ views on safety and justice
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First national report on crime survivors’ views on safety and justice

CAPPS works closely with the California-based Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), which is organizing crime survivors in support of new safety priorities. ASJ is a national organization that partners with state-based organizations like CAPPS to help advance state reform. ASJ conducted an in depth survey on the views of crime survivors called Crime Survivors Speak. It is the […]

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NEW REPORT: Incarceration Had Limited Impact on Crime Decline
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NEW REPORT: Incarceration Had Limited Impact on Crime Decline

What Caused the Crime Decline? Brennan Center for Justice | Dr. Oliver Roeder, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, and Julia Bowling Executive Summary For the past 40 years, the United States has been engaged in a vast, costly social experiment. It has incarcerated a higher percentage of its people, and for a longer period, than any other democracy. In […]

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NEW REPORT Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System
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NEW REPORT Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System

Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System by The Sentencing Project “Black lives matter” has become a rallying cry in light of evidence that the criminal justice system is failing to uphold this basic truth. Official data, although woefully inadequate, show that over half of those killed by police in recent […]

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Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform
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Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform

Anne Yantus, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law | 2014 Abstract The governor and several legislators have requested review of Michigan’s sentencing practices with an eye toward sentence reform. Michigan leads the country in the average length of prison stay, and by internal comparisons the average minimum sentence has nearly doubled in the last decade. […]

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CAPPS responds to Council of State Governments report, policy options; lists principles for sentencing
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CAPPS responds to Council of State Governments report, policy options; lists principles for sentencing

In May, the Council of State Governments Justice Center provided its report to the Michigan Law Revision Commission. The CSG report provides the Commission with ” . . . areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state’s sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the […]

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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment
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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment

An infographic from Dec 2013 from the Pew Center on the States: Over the past five years, the majority of states reduced both crime and imprisonment rates. The relationship between crime and incarceration is complex, but states are showing that it is possible to reduce them at the same time. See Michigan and other states’ info […]

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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American
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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American

A new report by The Sentencing Project documents the rise of life sentences in the U.S. While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984.  The Sentencing Project’s new report found that over 159,000 people were […]

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CAPPS reads: Race to Incarcerate: A graphic retelling
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CAPPS reads: Race to Incarcerate: A graphic retelling

Reposted from The Sentencing Project: First published in 1999, Marc Mauer’s Race to Incarcerate, a seminal work which explains the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system, has just been published as Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. Mauer collaborated with graphic artist Sabrina Jones to adapt and update the original text to produce a vivid and […]

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