Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)

Show up for Clean Slate

The Clean Slate legislative package has arrived, and now is the time to get on board and show your support and advocate for even broader reforms. The legislation is a set of bills that would, among other things: expand the number of people who are eligible for expungement, automate the expungement process in many of [...]

2019-09-20T15:52:00-04:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Recidivism, Reentry|

Life and Long Sentences

This is the third in a series of blogs related to understanding who is incarcerated in Michigan prisons, why they are incarcerated, and for how long. The first post looked at some of the demographics of our prison population. In the second blog, which took a look changing size of our prison population, we ended [...]

Factors that Impact Michigan’s Prison Population

This is the second in a series of blogs related to understanding who is incarcerated in Michigan prisons, why they are incarcerated, and for how long. The first blog addressed the first part of the question, of who is in prison; this blog is a general overview of the factors that impact Michigan prison population. [...]

2019-08-22T15:22:18-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing|

A Snapshot of Michigan’s Prison Population

Safe & Just Michigan acquired information from the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) last year. This data is a snapshot of everyone who was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections on October 30, 2018, so the information here may be different than our earlier blog describing [...]

2019-08-06T11:33:32-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Women in Prison: Fewer but growing

While Michigan has seen its overall prison population steadily fall over the past years, this not been the case for incarcerated women. It’s important to note that women still comprise a very small percentage of the state’s overall prison population — just 5.4 percent. Unlike the male population, which is spread out among nearly 30 [...]

2019-05-09T12:19:26-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

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|