A bill that 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 is one step closer to becoming law after being approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill passed by a vote of 3 to 0 with 1 [...]
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On April 3, the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan presented the Michigan Art for Justice Forum, a day-long symposium attended by a wide range of stakeholders. The Michigan Art for Justice Forum is produced by the Lawyers for the Creative Economy program of Creative Many Michigan, Shakespeare Behind Bars in collaboration [...]
Parole-eligible inmates who have kept their nose clean and completed a training program behind bars would have an easier time clearing the state’s parole board under legislation that flew through the House today, 97-10. In sessions past, Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE and the Prosecutors Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) have killed in the Senate what [...]
Legislation requiring Michigan’s Parole Board to provide substantial and compelling objective reasons in writing when departing from Department of Corrections’ guidelines, a move designed to address Michigan’s longer than usual incarceration rates without simply releasing prisoners once they hit their minimum release date, passed the House Wednesday. Under current law, the Parole Board has authority [...]
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Michigan has a longer length of stay for people in prison than any other state. The Pew Center on the States study found that in 2009, Michigan prisoners served nearly 17 months more than average. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, in 2016 the average minimum sentence was 9.9 years (a figure which does [...]
HB 5377, Objective Parole Reform, simply defines what constitutes “substantial and compelling” reasons so that they are relevant to an incarcerated person’s current risk. This fact sheet provides a comprehensive review of what the HB 5377 will and will not accomplish. Read>> Fact sheet: Objective Parole Reform for low risk offenders
The state would be required to make objective, evidence-based parole decisions under legislation that moved unanimously out of Rep. Klint Kesto's (R-Commerce Twp.) House Law and Justice Committee this morning. Three members passed on the vote. HB 5377 is designed to take the subjectivity out of parole decisions by setting parole board guidelines that establish [...]
The last time former Rep. Joe HAVEMAN tried to run this concept, he ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from fellow Republican Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE. When the dust settled, it was Schuette one, Haveman zippo. The prison reform movement is now back with a new bill designed to parole inmates who have served their minimum sentence, [...]