‘Sentencing’ Category

Sentencing: the Michigan system
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Sentencing: the Michigan system

A brief guide to Michigan’s sentencing system and the role of the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 1998-2002: In Michigan’s system of indeterminate sentencing, each branch of government has a role. In 1998, the Legislature adopted sentencing guidelines, developed by a special commission, that limit how judges can exercise their discretion. The guidelines are designed to […]

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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers
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House considers juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) reforms; package includes parole process reforms affecting all parolable lifers

Long-awaited legislation to reform Michigan laws that currently allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or JLWOP, was introduced in June and is now awaiting action in the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bills have strong bipartisan support. One of the bills in the package, HB 4809, also includes important […]

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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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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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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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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American
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Report: Life goes on: The historic rise in life sentences in American

A new report by The Sentencing Project documents the rise of life sentences in the U.S. While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984.  The Sentencing Project’s new report found that over 159,000 people were […]

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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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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Longer sentences fuel big budget for Michigan prisons
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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Longer sentences fuel big budget for Michigan prisons

The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently addressed the high cost of Michigan’s corrections policies. The Journal interviewed Daniel Heyns, head of the Michigan Department of Corrections, who had important things to say about the high cost of Michigan’s punitive sentencing policies. Unfortunately, Heyns got it wrong about the role current parole policies play in driving up Michigan’s corrections […]

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New Michigan law: 4-time violent felons will get minimum 25 years in prison

David Eggert, MLIVE.com NOTE:  CAPPS opposed SB 1109, which created the new mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentences for certain violent offenders convicted of a fourth offense. CAPPS’s advocacy played an important role in narrowing the bill’s impact. LANSING, MI – Violent criminals will be imprisoned for at least 25 years if they have been convicted of […]

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