Sentencing

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|

Reflections on the Ending Perpetual Punishment Convening

Image is from the Sentencing Project’s Still Life report:https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/still-life-americas-increasing-use-life-long-term-sentences/ Four members of the Safe & Just Michigan team attended the two-day convening on Ending Perpetual Punishment in Detroit on July 12-13. The aim was to bring together representatives from organizations who are actively trying to reduce life and long sentences, to discuss what [...]

2019-07-25T11:02:40-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Sentencing|

CJPC Discuss Changes to Michigan’s Habitual Statute

On July 10, the Criminal Justice Policy Commission held its monthly meeting, including a report from the PRV/Habitual Offender Subcommittee suggesting an amendment to Michigan’s habitual offender statute. Safe & Just Michigan supports changes to the Habitual Offender statute that would result in shorter sentences. One of the main drivers of mass incarceration is length [...]

2019-07-22T09:42:14-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Sentencing|

Commission Considers Sentencing Disparities and Michigan’s Habitual Offender Statute

The June meeting of the Criminal Justice Policy Committee (CJPC) included the introduction of a new chair, the results of new research conducted on sentencing disparities in the state of Michigan and a review of our state’s habitual offender statute. Overseeing her first meeting was the new Chair Amanda Burgess-Proctor, an associate professor of criminal [...]

2019-06-18T12:34:57-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Sentencing|

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 [...]

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|

Supporting veterans by ensuring their needs are met in the justice system

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but when that day falls on a weekend, as it does in 2018, the federal holiday is also observed in a weekday, which is why Veterans Day is being observed on Nov. 12 this year. Safe & Just Michigan honors the spirit and sacrifice of all the people who wore [...]

2018-11-10T19:39:45-04:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Mental health, Sentencing, Trauma|