Update: “Proos” criminal justice reform package now pending in House Criminal Justice Committee

Senator John Proos (R - Saint Joseph) is spearheading an 18-bill package of criminal justice reforms. The multi-bill “Proos package” was introduced on May 3 and referred to the Senate Committee on Michigan Competitiveness, chaired by Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Jackson). The Senate voted the entire package out by broad majorities in June 2016. The bills are [...]

Medical parole bills pass the House by 95-13 on May 4; still pending in Senate Judiciary

Download>> HB 5078, 5079, 5081 written testimony After passing the House by an overwhelming bipartisan 95-13 vote, the medical parole package stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 24. Republican Senators Colbeck, Shuitmaker and Rocca cast the three “no” votes on the five-member committee. However, the Committee also agreed to reconsider the vote at [...]

Medical parole bills introduced; CAPPS testimony

In November, HB 5078-5080 were introduced in the House of Representatives and sent to the Appropriations Committee, which would allow the parole board to grant medical paroles to people who are physically or mentally incapacitated. The bills, sponsored by Reps. Pscholka, Pagel, and others, establish the process by which the parole board can consider and [...]

2018-04-04T15:10:14-04:00December 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015 - 2016, Elderly, Legislation, Legislative Session, Parole, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

CAPPS testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on bills to reform juvenile life without parole

Juveniles | June 23, 2010  By Barbara Levine, Executive Director, Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending Excerpt from the testimony on House Bills 4518, 4594, 4595 and 4596, introduced in 2009 to address juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms: “CAPPS strongly supports the elimination of life without parole sentences for any teenager. However, we [...]

Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections FY 2011 budget

By Mike Reagan, president, Association of Substance Use, Conditions, Prevention and Treatment Providers Organization (ALSAO), March 2010 From the testimony: “The tragedy is that we know how to stop spinning this costly and inhumane revolving door. It starts with acknowledging the fact that addiction is a disease for which evidence-based prevention and treatment programs exist [...]

CAPPS critiques CSG report: Policy options to deter crime, lower recidivism, and reduce spending on corrections

In 2009, the Council of State Governments's (CSG) Justice Policy Center provided a range of policy options for Michigan policymakers. CAPPS opposed many of these recommendations. You will find our critique of the Council of State Governments's report in the materials and testimony below.  Read>> Policy options to deter crime, lower recidivism, and reduce spending on corrections [...]