Legislative Session

Safe & Just Michigan testifies in support of HB 5377, objective parole

HB 5377, also known as objective parole, is one step closer to becoming law after being approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 5, 2018. The bill would reunite families, reduce Michigan’s budget by $40 million over five years and shrink Michigan’s prison population by as many as 2,400 people. The bill passed [...]

2018-09-05T13:18:22+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Parole, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Medically frail bills move on to Senate floor

Representative Dave Pagel (R – District 78) and Representative Peter Lucido (R – District 36) have sponsored legislation (HB 4101, 4102, 4103, and 5245) that permits medical parole for the medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance. The bills were voted out of the House of [...]

Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill

Currently, the crime victims compensation act prohibits financial assistance to victims of crime that occur in a correctional facility. Senate Bill 845, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson (R – District 38), removes this prohibition if the prosecutor supports the claim. This bill will recognize incarcerated people and their families can also be crime victims that are [...]

House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on objective parole

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, provided written testimony as time was limited. Currently, incarcerated people [...]

2018-04-03T14:00:35+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Parole, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

HB 5377 would make parole process more objective

On February 6, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, leaders of two Michigan business associations, a crime survivor organization, a faith coalition, and a conservative interest group testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee in support of HB 5377. Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is neutral on the bill but provided supporting information to [...]

2018-03-30T12:40:18+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Parole, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic, Topics|

Bills expand employment opportunities in the healthcare industry

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, and JT Weis, CEO of Abcor Industries, testified before the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R - District 39). Their testimony emphasized the need to increase the available workforce in Michigan and to remove barriers to [...]

2018-03-30T12:42:21+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Reentry, Testimony, Topic, Topics|

House Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on barriers to employment

On January 30, John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Representative Klint Kesto (R – District 39). Cooper provided testimony in support of HB 5450, 5451, and 5452, which would eliminate overbroad restrictions on the talent pool available to health care providers, and promote [...]

2018-04-03T14:05:54+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Reentry, Testimony, Topic|

Bill allows for parole of the medically frail

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) estimates that as many as 850 people under their supervision are medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance and are often unable to get dressed, use the bathroom, or eat on their own. These people are so frail that they [...]

Senate package of criminal justice bills passes Senate

The Senate package is a set of criminal justice bills spearheaded by John Proos (R – Saint Joseph), with a number of legislators as sponsors of individual bills. The package was quickly passed on February 2 in the Senate within two weeks  of being introduced. Click here to read CAPPS full analysis of the Senate Package. The House Michigan [...]

HB 4138, the Smart and Safe parole reform bill, is expected to move forward before the end of this year

The Smart and Safe parole reform bill, HB 4138, passed the House in June and is currently pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee. The bill is expected to move forward before the end of this legislative session in December. CAPPS will be sending out notices via email to all our members and supporters when the [...]