High-profile case obscures plight of others
This guest editorial is still relevant to today’s debates.
“ . . . While acts of clemency are good news, the focus on commutations obscures the fact that there are 11,000 Michigan prisoners currently eligible for parole who the parole board has chosen not to release. (This number does not include 4,000 people returned to prison as parole violators.)
People who have served their minimum terms don’t need executive clemency.
Many have excellent prison records and are at low risk of re-offending according to the board’s risk assessment tool. So why are they still in prison?”
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