‘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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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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  • on September 30, 2012 -

Moving backwards in sentencing policy; State enacts 25-year mandatory minimum for fourth offenders

CAPPS Consensus newsletter This issue of the Consensus newsletter explains SB 1109, the reasons CAPPS opposed it and habitual offender sentencing, beginning on Page 16. This fall, our legislators pushed through a hot-button crime bill that delivered good sound bites at the expense of sound public policy. Senate Bill 1109 amended MCL 769.13 to require […]

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Length of stay drives prison costs Michigan sentences get longer– and longer

Fall 2012  |  CAPPS Consensus newsletter The latest CAPPS Consensus newsletter includes revealing information about Michigan sentencing practices over the last four decades, beginning on Page 6 of an article on the Pew Center on the States report that reveals Michigan’s extraordinarily long – and extraordinarily expensive – average prison length of stay: “The Pew report […]

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  • on July 3, 2012 -

Editorial: Harsh sentencing rules cost millions without cutting crime

July 3, 2012  |  Detroit Free Press CAPPS’s readers can find the full Pew Center report under “Publications” on this site. You can read more about the Pew report under “Corrections spending”. Michigan legislators and taxpayers looking to save hundreds of millions of dollars in corrections costs should check out the Pew Center report (“Time Served: The […]

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  • on April 6, 2012 -

Jeff Gerritt: Unlock the debate on good time and other sentencing reforms

April 6, 2012  |  Detroit Free Press column Sentencing credits or “good time” could save the state millions without compromising public safety. Columnist Jeff Gerritt talks about why this issue isn’t getting any traction in the legislature. Michigan’s prosecuting attorneys have squashed a needed debate on prison sentencing policies that cost state taxpayers tens of millions […]

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