‘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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Quotable: Michigan should be embarrassed that it spends more on prisons than public universities
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  • on February 28, 2014 -

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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  • on February 28, 2014 -

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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Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually
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Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually

Another good article on the reports CAPPS released Feb. 12, 2014 (see In the News): detroitnews.com Citizens group urges parole reforms to save Michigan $17M annually By Gary Heinlein | Detroit News | Feb. 12, 2014  Lansing— The state is wasting up to $17 million a year keeping 850 aging and sick life-sentenced inmates imprisoned rather […]

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Former Michigan corrections officers urge prisoner parole reforms
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Former Michigan corrections officers urge prisoner parole reforms

 By Melissa Anders | Manders@Mlive.Com | February 12, 2014 A group of former corrections officials urged the state to change its parole review process for prisoners serving life sentences. (MLive File Photo) LANSING — A group of former corrections officials have called on Michigan to reform the parole review process for prisoners serving life sentences. The group, […]

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CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials
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  • on February 12, 2014 -

CAPPS releases two reports calling for parole process reforms for parolable lifers; backed by statement signed by corrections officials

Two new reports from CAPPS, statement from 28* corrections officials professionals back need for “lifer” parole process reforms The Michigan Department of Corrections has tried to contain its $2 billion annual budget through techniques like slashing reentry funding, reducing the pay of corrections officers and raising the cost of telephone calls for prisoner families. Largely […]

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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime
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Brian Dickerson: Fewer prisons — and yet, less crime

An important article on the national trend of reducing prison populations by reducing average prison length of stay via sentencing and parole reforms. Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy,  provided information and is quoted in this excellent piece: By Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press Columnist, published Sunday, February 9, 2014 Americans are weary of […]

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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment
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Infographic: States cut both crime and imprisonment

An infographic from Dec 2013 from the Pew Center on the States: Over the past five years, the majority of states reduced both crime and imprisonment rates. The relationship between crime and incarceration is complex, but states are showing that it is possible to reduce them at the same time. See Michigan and other states’ info […]

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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission
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House Criminal Justice Committee votes out HB 5078, a bill to reinstate a sentencing commission

On December 4, Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director for research and policy joined others testifying before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of HB 5078. The bill would establish a Michigan sentencing guidelines commission identical to the one created in 1998 and subsequently abolished in 2002. Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland) sponsored the legislation, which […]

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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state
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Laura Sager: Use some of what we spend on Michigan prison to improve our state

Laura Sager, CAPPS executive director, wrote a guest Op-Ed for the Detroit Free Press that was published Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013. In her Op-Ed, Sager argues that the state of Michigan is spending too much money keeping people locked up who are elderly, ill  and who have served far beyond their eligible parole dates. This […]

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