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CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  News from the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@grassrootsmidwest.com, 517-575-7180 CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report LANSING - Today Speaker Leonard, with House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force members, announced a renewed focus on fixing the state’s mental health system. The bipartisan Task Force released a report containing 42 [...]

CAPPS UPDATE – December 2017 newsletter released!

Download the most recent CAPPS Update December 2017 newsletter. The newsletter reports on the House of Representatives C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hearings, hosted July through September 2017, on how to improve mental health services in Michigan. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

Michigan Bar Journal article: Too many prisoners: Undoing the legacy of getting too tough

Barbara Levine, the founder of CAPPS, is a featured author in the Michigan Bar Journal September 2017 issue. Levine’s article, Too many prisoners: Undoing the legacy of getting too tough, outlines policies the legislature could adopt to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population. A more detailed examination can be found in CAPPS 2015 report, 10,000 Michigan prisoners: Strategies to [...]

CAPPS UPDATE – July 2017 newsletter released!

Download the most recent July 2017 CAPPS Update newsletter. The newsletter reports on the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee hearings, hosted April through June 2017, on "safe and secure rehabilitation" and criminal justice reform. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

First national report on crime survivors’ views on safety and justice

CAPPS works closely with the California-based Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), which is organizing crime survivors in support of new safety priorities. ASJ is a national organization that partners with state-based organizations like CAPPS to help advance state reform. ASJ conducted an in depth survey on the views of crime survivors called Crime Survivors Speak. It is the [...]

CAPPS releases statewide poll; strong public support for reform

New Statewide Poll Shows Broad, Bipartisan Support for Smarter Justice; public overwhelmingly supports presumptive parole, other reforms OCTOBER 1 - Today the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) released a new poll showing broad, bipartisan support for corrections reform measures currently moving through the Michigan House of Representatives. “This poll shows Michiganders strongly agree [...]

Jeff Gerritt: When jails must be mental clinics

Mentally ill | May 6, 2012 By Jeff Gerritt, Detroit Free Press An excerpt from the series by Gerritt on mental health and the criminal justice system: “Mental illness has become a criminal offense in Michigan. No statute, of course, outlaws mental illness -- anymore than it does big feet or green eyes. But as [...]