New Statewide Poll Shows Broad, Bipartisan Support for Smarter Justice; public overwhelmingly supports presumptive parole, other reforms

OCTOBER 1 – Today the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) released a new poll showing broad, bipartisan support for corrections reform measures currently moving through the Michigan House of Representatives.

“This poll shows Michiganders strongly agree with what many in Lansing already know: we need to take a good hard look at who we

incarcerate and for how long,” said Barbara Levine, Associate Director for Research and Policy with CAPPS. “Voters today are sending a resounding message that their representatives should take steps to adopt smarter justice policies to save millions, and reinvest those millions in strategies that are actually much more effective at preventing crime.”

Ed Sarpolus, Executive Director of Target Insyght, which conducted the poll, said: “Today voters have many more pressing priorities, they overwhelmingly believe the state should reduce spending on corrections, and they support evidence-based reforms that will allow the state to save millions without reducing public safety. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should heed this strong message being sent by voters all over this state.”

See polling results below. Watch for information on House vote and thank you for your support! The poll can also be found by clicking here.