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|

CAPPS UPDATE – March 2017 newsletter released!

  Download the most recent March 2017 CAPPS Update newsletter. The newsletter updates the judicial veto bill, "Proos criminal justice package", and legislation designed to amend the Public Health Code. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.  

39% of people incarcerated with little public safety rationale, study says

The Brennan Center has released a three-year research project that compared federal and state criminal laws with convictions and sentences of the nation's prisoners, and determined that 39 percent of them are behind bars for "no compelling public safety reason." Read more about the study's findings  at the ABA Journal here, or take a look at the [...]

2018-03-30T15:17:26-04:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Research report, Resources, Sentencing, Topic|

CAPPS UPDATE – Fall 2016 newsletter is ready!

There's a lot happening  in the legislature this fall. Download the most recent Fall 2016 CAPPS UPDATE newsletter. Inside the newsletter you'll find updates on the judicial veto bill, medical parole package, and Smart and Safe parole reform. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the email alerts, and messages on the latest legislative actions.  

CAPPS UPDATE – Summer/Fall 2015

CAPPS's latest newsletter is available for reading   Download>> Summer Fall 2015 CAPPS Update INSIDE THIS ISSUE: CAPPS REPORT  | PRESUMPTIVE PAROLE REFORM | FELONY FIREARM REFORM | LEVINE APPOINTED TO  CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY COMMISSION | CAPPS IN THE NEWS | CAPPS OUTREACH/THANKS | CAPPS LEGISLATIVE DAY  

Detroit Freep: To cut prison costs, reform sentencing and parole

The Detroit Free Press Editorial Board | July 14, 2015 An excerpt from Detroit Free Press editorial on the State of Michigan's decision to end its contract with prison food vendor, Aramark Correctional Services, early: "To truly reduce the cost of running our prison system, the state should change the way it sentences and paroles prisoners. [...]

2018-04-05T13:29:04-04:00July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Sentencing, Topic, Topics|

Judy Putnam: Report offers ways to slim prison ranks

Sunday’s Lansing State Journal column by Judy Putnam discusses the conservative and liberal support for CAPPS’s recommendations; you can thank the author at Jputnam@Lsj.com or comment online. Judy Putnam: Report offers ways to slim prison ranks Lansing State Journal | July 11, 2015 "A blueprint on how to reduce the number of prisoners in Michigan [...]

Toledo Blade: Downsizing prisons

Downsizing Prisons Toledo Blade | July 13, 2015 "Get-tough policies such as three-strikes laws, most of which took effect in the 1980s, have more than quadrupled the nation’s prison population in the past 40 years. Ohio’s prisons held fewer than 8,000 inmates in 1974, compared to more than 50,000 last year. The race to incarcerate [...]

Detroit News Editorial: (CAPPS) “Plan offers hope for cutting prison budget”

On June 10, the Detroit News published an editorial about CAPPS report, "10,000 Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal" Nonprofit's reform recommendations complement Snyder initiative and would cut inmate population by 25 percent, saving $250 million The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending is releasing a comprehensive report today with the ambitious but [...]

June 2015 CAPPS report: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal

New CAPPS report lays out roadmap to safely reduce Michigan’s prison population On June 11,  CAPPS  announced the release of a new report titled: 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal. This report examines the key factors that led to a striking increase in Michigan’s prison population over the last three decades, and recommends a [...]