A visit to Lakeland Correctional Facility

On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, John Cooper, our associate director of policy & research, traveled to Lakeland Correctional Facility to present at the monthly meeting of Chapter #1013 of the National Lifers of America organization (“NLA”).  NLA is a statewide prisoner-based organization with an active membership in many prisons in Michigan. Its purpose is to [...]

2018-11-15T10:28:00+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Meeting focuses on moving hearts and minds

Solving the problem of how to get more people to get on board with criminal justice reform was the theme of the night at Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Membership Meeting and dinner, held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event, attended by nearly 200 people, featured speakers Leon El-Alamin from [...]

2018-10-24T10:40:51+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Elderly, Lifers, Parole, Sentencing, Trauma|

CAPPS outlines path to reducing prison population at House Law and Justice Committee hearing

On May 2, Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director, and John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Rep. Kesto (R – District 39). Cooper identified the policies that fueled Michigan’s prison growth over recent decades. We currently incarcerate about 41,000 individuals at a [...]

2018-04-03T15:18:26+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Parole, Sentencing, Topics|

Sentencing Project parolable lifer webinar on Feb 9 features Michigan

The Sentencing Project recently put out a new report on the ever-increasing length of time served by parolable lifers, even when they get released.  Click here for the report: Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences . The report surveys practices in many states, including Michigan, and contains recommendations for:-- reducing the minimum number [...]

2018-03-30T16:29:02+00:00February 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Parole, Topics|