Michigan Art for Justice Forum videos

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 [...]

2018-06-26T14:02:06-04:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Sentencing, Topic, Video|

Gongwer article: Parole Reforms Pass With Prosecutors Going Neutral

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 [...]

2018-06-03T11:59:15-04:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Gongwer article: Parole Changes Pass House

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 [...]

2018-06-03T11:58:58-04:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Gongwer article: ‘Objective, Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Kesto Committee

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 [...]

2018-04-12T12:47:05-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

MIRS article: Parole Reform Debate Returns To House Panel

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, [...]

2018-03-30T13:34:18-04:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Michigan Capitol Confidential: CAPPS discusses jail housing fees in Michigan

Michigan Capitol Confidential interviewed John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, about jail housing fees in Michigan. The fees can affect a successful return to the community. Cooper said: “The jail housing fees imposed by many counties in Michigan are a significant additional barrier to success after incarceration. The people impacted by these fees are disproportionately poor to begin [...]

2018-03-30T12:51:18-04:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Topic|

Michigan Bar Journal article: Too many prisoners: Undoing the legacy of getting too tough

Barbara Levine, the founder of CAPPS, is a featured author in the Michigan Bar Journal September 2017 issue. Levine’s article, Too many prisoners: Undoing the legacy of getting too tough, outlines policies the legislature could adopt to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population. A more detailed examination can be found in CAPPS 2015 report, 10,000 Michigan prisoners: Strategies to [...]

A Blueprint for Shared Safety: Working together to build safety for all

In June 2017, the Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) released a publication titled, Blueprint for Shared Safety. The Blueprint is based on a year of research and evaluation of its own and others’ successes in putting crime survivors and public safety at the center of their work. The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), CAPPS's partner, is [...]

A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website

On July 13, 2017, Urban Institute released a new study called, A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons. The project, funded by Open Society Foundations, provides state-by-state analysis of prison population demographics and length of time served. This new resource features audio recordings that highlight expertise and personal insights from [...]

The Detroit News Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison

Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison At the age of 10, I senselessly lost my best friend to gun violence. Even as an elementary school student, Reubin Elder represented something bigger to us. Reubin was a popular and straight-A student who tragically died in a random drive-by shooting in our Highland Park neighborhood. So much [...]