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Michigan has a longer length of stay for people in prison than any other state. The Pew Center on the States study found that in 2009, Michigan prisoners served nearly 17 months more than average. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, in 2016 the average minimum sentence was 9.9 years (a figure which does [...]
Click here to watch. John Oliver discusses America's broken prison system in a hilarious and heartbreaking video. Watch for poignant interaction with Sesame Street characters.
A Michigan Department of Human Services program that makes the agency's services more directly available to at-risk families is drawing support from an unlikely source: the state's prison population. The "Pathways to Potential" program is a project that embeds department personnel in selected schools in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Warren, giving students [...]
Report | Corrections spending | Sentencing | Sentencing credits | July 2009 By the National Conference of State Legislatures Under historic budget cuts, state legislatures are looking for ways to trim corrections costs while maintaining public safety. One option is to stabilize or reduce expensive prison populations by accelerating release of lower-risk inmates who complete [...]
Audit report: Performance of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI), Michigan Department of Corrections
Report | Reentry | February 2012 By Thomas H. McTavish, C.P.A., Office of the Auditor General This report contains the report summary; description of services; audit objective, scope, and methodology and agency responses; comment, findings, recommendations, and agency preliminary responses; three exhibits, presented as supplemental information; and a glossary of acronyms and terms. The agency [...]
Read>> CAPPS Consensus Spring 2011 ● Why not reduce corrections spending to prevent cuts to other programs? See page 3. ● CAPPS co-sponsors symposium on corrections spending. See page 7. ● New CAPPS board members add depth, diversity. See page 16. ● New governor appoints new parole board. See page 18.
Prison programs | CAPPS Research | 2005 Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish, published jointly by CAPPS and the American Friends Service Committee, is still relevant to today’s debates on how to cut corrections costs. Assaultive and sex offenders must complete specified treatment programs before parole will be granted. However, the MDOC routinely fails to provide timely [...]