‘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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Will grown-ups prevail in Michigan’s lame-duck?
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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, […]

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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system
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Gingrich op-ed: Overhaul Michigan’s criminal justice system

Newt Gingrich, Detroit Free Press, November 15, 2014 Click here to read the full op-ed. “We are not getting the public safety that our billions should be providing us. In state after state, we have overused imprisonment, even for low-risk offenders. Incarceration has become the norm despite clear evidence that many nonviolent offenders can be […]

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Legislative Update: 2014 sentencing and parole reform bills still being negotiated
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Legislative Update: 2014 sentencing and parole reform bills still being negotiated

The Council of State Governments criminal justice reform legislative package was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee last week. The four-bill package includes House Bills 5928 (which creates a Criminal Justice Policy Commission), 5929 (includes modifications of the Community Corrections Act), 5930 (addresses probation violation sanctions and repeat offender sentencing) and 5931 (provides a […]

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

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Detroit News: Give juvenile lifers a shot at freedom
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Detroit News: Give juvenile lifers a shot at freedom

Detroit News, September 20, 2014 Click here for the full editorial. Excerpt below: … Revamping the guidelines for youths could have an added benefit of reducing the state’s hefty $2 billion corrections budget. Allowing those who are not a danger to society to go free or keeping some from ever having to serve time behind bars […]

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

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Grover Norquist: Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan
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Grover Norquist: Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan

July 22, 2014, Bridge Magazine  Guest editorial by Grover Norquist With Michigan’s correctional system consuming more and more taxpayer dollars every day, the time is right for a key fiscal question: “How can we get the most from our investment in public safety?” As a lifelong conservative, I’ve been proud to call myself tough on […]

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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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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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