Written Testimony in support of House Bill 4556-60

On March 19, 2024, the Michigan House Standing Committee on Criminal Justice heard testimony on House Bills (HB) 4556-60. Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to demonstrate support of the bills and urge committee members to do so as well. HB 4556-60 would create a process that could help make Michigan’s corrections system [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Senate Bill 289, 290, and 291

On September 10, 2020 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee​​ in opposition of Senate Bill (SB) 289, 290, and 291. Hoe states in the written testimony: There is no evidence that public registries provide a public safety benefit and a large amount of evidence that public [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on House Bill 5679

On May 13, 2020 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee​​ in opposition of House Bill (HB) 5679. SJM states in the written testimony "any replacement registry bill that does not ensure more are removed from the registry than added cannot make Michigan safer." Download>> Written Testimony HB 5679

UPDATE: Judicial veto reform bill (HB 5273) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

Download>> HB 5273: Judicial veto bill written testimony We are extremely grateful to all the organizations and individuals who submitted testimony in support of the "judicial veto" reform bill. This is an important step forward for a long overdue reform. Details about the bill HB 5273, sponsored by Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Oronoko Twp.) eliminates the [...]

UPDATE: Medical parole package (5078, 5079, 5081) pending in Senate Judiciary Committee

On February 17, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve an amended package of medical parole bills, HB 5078, 5079. and 5081. The full House of Representatives voted out the three CAPPS-supported bills on May 4, 2016. The bills were then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are still pending after an initial "no" [...]

Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) introduced by Rep. Pagel

Judicial veto bill (HB 5273) CAPPS has long worked to address the parole review procedures that have kept parolable lifers incarcerated long past their first parole eligibility date, regardless of their current risk to public safety. HB 5273, introduced by Rep. Pagel and cosponsored by Rep. Howrylak and referred to the House Judiciary Committee, would [...]

Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated

Thank you for your support throughout the reform debates! Here's a quick summary of the outcome with links to the bills: A Senate substitute  bill (S-9) for House Bill 5928 creates a Criminal Justice Policy Commission with a four-year sunset provision. 2014-HCB-5928 Unfortunately, reforms of repeat offender sentencing that were included in HB 5928 were not included in the [...]

House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers

Long-awaited legislation to reform Michigan laws that currently allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or JLWOP, was introduced in June and is now awaiting action in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bills have strong bipartisan support. One of the bills in the package, HB 4809, also includes important [...]