Parole

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 [...]

Clean Slate captures media headlines in Michigan

On Sept. 9, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced Clean Slate legislation to Michigan. If passed, this legislation will be crucial in helping people who have a criminal record and who have lived crime-free for years. This package of legislation would increase the number of these people who would become eligible for an expungement, [...]

2019-09-11T16:06:08-05:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Parole, Racial equity, Recidivism, Reentry|

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. [...]

2019-08-22T15:22:18-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing|

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 [...]

2019-03-07T16:38:02-05:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

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 [...]

2019-01-29T09:27:31-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Parole, Reentry|

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 [...]

2018-11-15T10:28:00-05:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

Get out and vote!

Nov. 6, 2018, is Election Day. Big decisions are being made in Michigan, from who should sit in the governor’s office to how political districts are drawn in our state. Political offices and issues being decided today include: A Michigan U.S. Senator Michigan’s congressional delegation (14 seats, but you will only vote for the seat [...]

2018-11-05T16:58:30-05:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry|

2018 Lame Duck Session: Criminal Justice Issues to Watch

Every two years, at the end of a legislative session, the Legislature has a post-election “lame duck” session, where the election results are known, but the existing Legislature has several weeks of session remaining in their terms.  The lame duck session tends to be chaotic — particularly when there is an impending change in control [...]

2018-10-31T15:02:16-05:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Juveniles, Parole, Reentry|