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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|

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|

CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  News from the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@grassrootsmidwest.com, 517-575-7180 CAPPS Reacts to House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report LANSING - Today Speaker Leonard, with House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force members, announced a renewed focus on fixing the state’s mental health system. The bipartisan Task Force released a report containing 42 [...]

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|

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 [...]

MDOC supports Safe and Smart Parole Reform, releasing elderly prisoners

How to cut corrections, by Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio on May 19, 2017 Six years ago, the superintendent of a small and struggling school district in Gratiot County wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking that his school be declared a prison. “The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 [...]

2018-03-30T14:45:40-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Topic|

Barbara Levine, associate director, featured on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

How Personal Data and Algorithms Send People to Prison How much control do we give data and algorithms over our lives? Should they be able to determine how long an inmate stays behind bars? These questions are at the heart of a recent New York Times article on a state supreme court case in Wisconsin, wherein [...]

2018-03-29T14:58:22-04:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Sentencing, Topic|