Talking Points

An effective community strategy: Clean Slate

Everyone makes mistakes, but people who have served their time deserve a second chance. While laws already exist to expunge past criminal convictions, only 6.5 percent of the people eligible take advantage of the process. That’s why Safe & Just Michigan supports Clean Slate legislation, which would remove certain convictions from a person’s record and [...]

HB 4138 – Key points, answers to tough questions

Here is information prepared to help you discuss HB 4138: HB 4138 is evidence-based parole reform. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Northville)  was the product of extensive negotiations among key stakeholders, including law enforcement, and has strong public and bi-partisan support. HB 4138 applies to eligible prisoners who score lowest risk on the parole board’s [...]

CAPPS joins groups opposing private prison bill

Privatization | January 2013 Senate Bill 878, which authorizes the operation of private prisons in Michigan, was signed by Governor Snyder on January 11, 2012, despite serious concerns raised by unions representing corrections employees and advocates for corrections reforms. A private prison near Baldwin that is owned by the Geo Group, based in Florida, is [...]

Proposal: End vetoes of lifer paroles by successor judges

CAPPS issue brief  |  January 2013 The parole process for lifers People who are serving “parolable life” sentences become eligible for release after either 10 or 15 years, depending on the date of the offense. The parole board must conduct a public hearing at which the prisoner is examined extensively and both supporters and opponents of [...]