Safe & Just Michigan's report, “The Problems of Mandatory Sentencing: The troubling legacy of Michigan’s felony firearm law,” supports the passage of House Bills 5993-5994, which would end the mandatory two-year sentence for a first offense felony firearm conviction, and urges further action to roll back mandatory sentencing. Key findings from the report include: Black [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]