‘Corrections Spending’ Category

CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending
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CAPPS’s 10-point plan to reduce corrections spending

Principle 1:  Reserve prison beds for people who are dangerous Restore the sentencing commission and reassess the impact of sentencing guidelines to ensure that drug and property offenders are not incarcerated unnecessarily and that sentences for crimes against persons are proportionate to the offense. Increase the availability of drug courts, mental health courts and community-based […]

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CAPPS presentation: Safely reducing corrections spending – Key concepts and major myths
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CAPPS presentation: Safely reducing corrections spending – Key concepts and major myths

This CAPPS presentation exposes the key myths that continue to drive our costly and ineffective approaches to public safety. Safely reducing corrections spending: Key concepts and major myths demonstrates how CAPPS’s proposed reforms could save Michigan hundreds of millions of dollars annually, which could then be reinvested in education and services proven to reduce crime. Click […]

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

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Lansing State Journal Greater Lansing Outlook section asks leaders:  Can Michigan unlock a door to criminal justice reforms?
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Lansing State Journal Greater Lansing Outlook section asks leaders: Can Michigan unlock a door to criminal justice reforms?

June 27, 2014   |  Lansing State Journal Note: CAPPS op ed, below Because “Michigan’s criminal justice system continues to strain the state’s budget and its spending on corrections is higher than many other states,” The June 27, 2014  Greater Lansing Outlook section of the Lansing State Journal looked at “research into sentencing guidelines and other practices […]

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Detroit Community meeting June 28, 2014, was a great success!
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Detroit Community meeting June 28, 2014, was a great success!

Thanks to our host, Brandon A. Jessup, and all who cosponsored and attended! Thanks, too, to Union Grace Conference Center for the great venue and help! The next workshop is being planned for Grand Rapids – we will post flyers as soon as we have a date! Here’s what happened in Detroit: Brandon A. Jessup […]

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Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences
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Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices: Examining the consequences

TO READ THE FULL REPORT: Corrections spending proposals reflect major policy choices Appendix-Correction budget reflects major policy choices Executive Summary The Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending (CAPPS) has released Corrections spending reflects major policy choices: Examining the consequences, a white paper examining proposed Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) budgets. The paper examines the […]

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CAPPS Flint community meeting on May 17 was a great success!
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CAPPS Flint community meeting on May 17 was a great success!

Over 40 people attended the CAPPS Flint community meeting and the parole readiness workshop conducted by the American Friends Service Committee. We will be following up with people who attended with more information and action steps. Stay tuned for a new CAPPS Update! Thank you to our terrific cosponsors, as well: Woodside Church Outreach and […]

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Part 2 of 2: Bridge Magazine: Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons
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Part 2 of 2: Bridge Magazine: Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons

First two of four Bridge Magazine articles on Michigan’s corrections spending By Ted Roelofs | Bridge Magazine | bridgemi.com | April 15, 2014 Conservatives seek to lead on prison reform At first blush, the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank, might seem an unlikely cheerleader for prison reform. Michael LaFaive, a fiscal analyst for […]

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Detroit News OP ED by former warden: Beyond the ‘possibility’ of parole
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Detroit News OP ED by former warden: Beyond the ‘possibility’ of parole

Read what one former MDOC warden has to say about parolable lifers: By Carol Howes | Detroit News | Opinion Editorial | April 1, 2014  During my more than three decades of service with the Michigan Department of Corrections, I watched as hundreds of prisoners who had committed very serious offenses in their youth matured into thoughtful […]

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Quotable: Michigan should be embarrassed that it spends more on prisons than public universities
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Quotable: Michigan should be embarrassed that it spends more on prisons than public universities

Quotable: Former Ann Arbor publisher and University of Michigan regent Phil Power recently described higher education funding in Michigan in his typically direct way, noting that higher education in Michigan has withstood seven straight cuts since 2000, making “our state nearly first in the nation at cutting support for colleges. While it will certainly help […]

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The Toledo Blade weighs in: Michigan needs to reform the parole review process for lifers
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The Toledo Blade weighs in: Michigan needs to reform the parole review process for lifers

Locked Out Editorial published by the Toledo Blade February, 24, 2014 For more than three decades, Michigan, Ohio, and most other states have engaged in a costly and futile race to incarcerate. It has quadrupled their prison populations and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year, with no demonstrable effect on crime.Ohio’s prison […]

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Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions
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Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions

Another news story on the CAPPS reports released Feb 12, 2014 (see reports this website). Note that a survey by the Prisons and Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan documented judges’ intentions in sentencing parolable lifers. You can find that survey on this website at : By Rick Pluta | WKAR.org | February […]

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