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Gongwer article: Lawmakers Planning Reforms To How Convictions Can Be Set Aside

With the underutilization of the state's current expungement process – allowing those who qualify to set aside certain convictions, which helps with gaining employment and seeing higher wages – lawmakers are looking at a variety of changes, including making it automatic. Under current Michigan law, those with one felony and no more than two misdemeanor [...]

2019-07-16T15:36:04-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources|

Gongwer article: Criminal Justice Reform A Shift From Tough-On-Crime Era Of ’80s, ’90s

A major policy shift on criminal justice laws is taking place, sweeping aside the tough-on-crime stances of the 1980s and 1990s and replacing it with an increased focus on rehabilitation, lowering recidivism and preparing offenders for life beyond a cell upon their release. Now, lawmakers are taking a step back and shifting from locking people [...]

Click on Detroit article: New law reforms parole guidelines in Michigan

A new law is expected to save Michigan taxpayers $40 million annually within five years and reduce the size of Michigan’s prison population by 1,800-2,400 beds over the same timeframe. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5377 into law Thursday. The new law codifies the current practice of objective parole. It sets clearer guidelines to determine whether [...]

2018-09-14T16:42:40-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

WKAR article: Law Aims To Make Parole Decisions More Fair

A new state law that went into effect on Wednesday aims to take the bias out of decisions on whether or not a prisoner should be paroled. Governor Snyder signed the bill into law on Wednesday that will put clearer guidelines into place on whether or not to allow someone in prison to return to [...]

2018-09-14T16:39:20-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Gongwer article: Parole Legislation Reported, Passes Senate

Legislation requiring Michigan's Parole Board to provide substantial and compelling objective reasons in writing when the Department of Corrections' guidelines are not followed is heading to the governor's desk after being reported by a Senate panel Wednesday morning and passed by the full chamber in the afternoon, moving the state closer to addressing longer than [...]

2018-09-06T13:50:17-04:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

MIRS article: ‘Evidence-Based’ Parole Clears Once Skeptical Senate

The once-skeptical Senate signed off this afternoon on an "evidence-based" parole reform bill that is not being opposed by the state's prosecutors and will not guarantee parole for any prisoner, even one with good behavior. HB 5377 is the rebooted version of what was once called "presumptive parole" and had stalled in the Senate in prior [...]

2018-09-06T13:49:17-04:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Fox 47 News article: Senate Committee OKs Bill to Save Money, Cut Prison Population

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 [...]

2018-09-14T16:31:11-04:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

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|