A major policy shift on criminal justice laws is taking place, sweeping aside the tough-on-crime stances of the 1980s and 1990s and replacing it with an increased focus on rehabilitation, lowering recidivism and preparing offenders for life beyond a cell upon their release. Now, lawmakers are taking a step back and shifting from locking people [...]
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A new law is expected to save Michigan taxpayers $40 million annually within five years and reduce the size of Michigan’s prison population by 1,800-2,400 beds over the same timeframe. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5377 into law Thursday. The new law codifies the current practice of objective parole. It sets clearer guidelines to determine whether [...]
A new state law that went into effect on Wednesday aims to take the bias out of decisions on whether or not a prisoner should be paroled. Governor Snyder signed the bill into law on Wednesday that will put clearer guidelines into place on whether or not to allow someone in prison to return to [...]
Legislation requiring Michigan's Parole Board to provide substantial and compelling objective reasons in writing when the Department of Corrections' guidelines are not followed is heading to the governor's desk after being reported by a Senate panel Wednesday morning and passed by the full chamber in the afternoon, moving the state closer to addressing longer than [...]
The once-skeptical Senate signed off this afternoon on an "evidence-based" parole reform bill that is not being opposed by the state's prosecutors and will not guarantee parole for any prisoner, even one with good behavior. HB 5377 is the rebooted version of what was once called "presumptive parole" and had stalled in the Senate in prior [...]