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Medically Frail Parole gets a second chance

Just a few months ago, it appeared as though legislators had no appetite for creating medically frail parole for incarcerated people in Michigan who can no longer accomplish regular daily tasks such as feeding or dressing themselves. After being diluted last year, the medically frail parole proposal finally made it out of the Michigan House [...]

2019-03-07T16:38:02-04:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

The long haul: why long sentences hurt everyone in Michigan

Michigan has seen its prison population fall 23 percent since 2006, when we recorded the largest number of incarcerated people in our state at 51,515. That’s the good news. However, this decline has been offset by a steady increase in the length of stay. Michigan’s prison system has one of the longest average prison sentences [...]

2019-02-27T16:38:41-04:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Sentencing|

How short stays have a lasting impact on Michigan prison policy

Here’s a paradox: Michigan is known around the country for having the one of the longest prison sentences in the country, but even so, more than seven out of every 10 people committed to prison in 2017 were sent to serve short sentences of fewer than three years. How can this be, and what does [...]

2019-02-20T11:59:45-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Sentencing|

Fewer people are going to prison — here’s why

We know by now that Michigan’s prison population is falling. From the high of 51,515 people reached in 2006, our state’s prison population has fallen 23 percent to 39,666 as of the end of 2017. To understand why that is happening, it’s good to examine how that population figure can change. Two things affect that [...]

2019-02-14T14:14:07-04:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Sentencing|

Statistics tell the stories

The Michigan Department of Corrections released its 2017 Statistical Report on Jan. 23, 2019. It releases statistical reports annually, and each year they contain hundreds of pages of facts, figures, charts and tables that help paint the picture of Michigan’s criminal justice system. The information covers topics such as how many people are newly sentenced [...]

Let’s work together

The political landscape has been noisy lately. If you read the news or watch it on television, it would be easy to think that there’s no room for politicians on the left and right to find agreement on anything. On topics as diverse as health policy, the environment, education and immigration, it often sounds like [...]

2019-02-07T15:53:13-04:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Court sentences: fair and equal?

If you are ever standing before a judge to be sentenced in Michigan the least you’d hope for is a fair and impartial hearing. You’d never want a judge to decide whether to send you to prison, and for how long, based on factors such as whether you were able to afford your own attorney, [...]

2019-02-06T16:05:59-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

House committees: worth a second look

The Michigan House of Representatives has a new speaker this session, Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), and he has announced that the House committee process will work slightly differently this session than it has in previous years. Until now, bills were sent to any number of standing House committees. Each of these committees had the ability [...]

2019-01-29T09:27:31-04:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Parole, Reentry|

Michigan Legislature sets new committee assignments

Both chambers of the Michigan Legislature have appointed members to their committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. These committees are an important part of the legislative process because they act as gatekeepers as bills make their way through the legislative process. Each year, thousands of bills are introduced to the Michigan Legislature by our lawmakers. [...]

2019-01-24T10:15:28-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Reentry|

Safe & Just Michigan wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than a day to get together and have a good meal. It’s a day to take a moment and be grateful for all the good things and blessings in our lives. From the love of family to the support of friends and the fortune of meaningful work, we here at Safe & [...]

2018-11-22T07:25:36-04:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|