Read NYT: 1.5 Million Missing Black Men

New York Times | 1.5 Million Missing Black Men APRIL 20, 2015 By JUSTIN WOLFERS, DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing. In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 [...]

The Rise in State Prison Populations

Off the Charts Blog | The Rise in State Prison Populations Posted by Michael Mitchell December 3, 2014 at 10:01 am Most states’ prison populations are at historic highs after decades of extraordinary growth. This growth has been costly, limiting economic opportunity for communities with especially high incarceration rates and taking critical resources from other important [...]

Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform

Anne Yantus, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law | 2014 Abstract The governor and several legislators have requested review of Michigan’s sentencing practices with an eye toward sentence reform. Michigan leads the country in the average length of prison stay, and by internal comparisons the average minimum sentence has nearly doubled in the last decade. [...]

CAPPS/Mackinac Center: Michigan’s parole policies waste money, need reform

CAPPS/Mackinac Center OP ED: Michigan's parole policies waste money, need reform Barbara Levine and Michael LaFaive 5:18 p.m. EST December 13, 2014, Detroit Free Press (Photo: 2009 photo by ANDRE J. JACKSON/Detroit Free Press) Michigan spends nearly 20% of its general-fund dollars locking people up. A portion of that money could be better spent elsewhere, such as on [...]

Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full article. "Will the Senate's paroxysm of responsible leadership inspire lawmakers to do other grown-up things in the remaining days of lame duck? State Rep. Joe Haveman, is hoping that it will. Haveman, the term-limited chairman of the the House Appropriations Committee, [...]

2018-04-05T15:26:10-04:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: Media, Other, Parole, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Sentencing, Topic, Topics|

MLive: Reforms to criminal sentencing, monitoring and incarceration could come in ‘lame duck’ session

Click here to read full article. "Reforms to the way criminals are sentenced, incarcerated and monitored could become law by the end of the year after four bills were introduced in Michigan Legislature Thursday. House Bills 5928-5931 are the product of the Council of State Governments’ collaboration with state lawmakers to look at Michigan’s criminal [...]

2018-04-05T15:33:46-04:00November 8th, 2014|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Sentencing, Topic, Topics|

For the latest news: CAPPS UPDATE for August/September 2014

Click title below to read or download the latest news from CAPPS: Read>> September 2014 CAPPS Update Please be patient - the document may take a few minutes to download. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact Dena at capps@capps-mi.org. P 2 | A CALL TO ACTION! P 5 | MEDIA OUTREACH P [...]

Eric Holder Warns of the Risk of Using Risk Assessment Data to Determine Sentencing

Eric Holder Warns of the Risk of Using Risk Assessment Data to Determine Sentencing By Sari Horwitz | August 1, 2014  | Washington Post Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that he opposes the use of data analysis in criminal sentencing, a practice that has been adopted by several states but that critics [...]

2018-04-05T16:06:37-04:00August 7th, 2014|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Resources, Sentencing, Topic, Topics|

Barbara Levine interview at Crossroads Bible Institute

Did you know it costs eighty billion dollars a year to fund correctional services in America? Barbara Levine, associate director at CAPPS, explains the possible solutions to reduce mass incarceration’s exorbitant drain on the economy. Click here to watch.  

CAPPS responds to Council of State Governments report, policy options; lists principles for sentencing

In May, the Council of State Governments Justice Center provided its report to the Michigan Law Revision Commission. The CSG report provides the Commission with " . . . areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state’s sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the [...]