‘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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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated
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Legislature creates Criminal Justice Policy Commission; parole reforms defeated

Thank you for your support throughout the reform debates! Here’s a quick summary of the outcome with links to the bills: A Senate substitute  bill (S-9) for House Bill 5928 creates a Criminal Justice Policy Commission with a four-year sunset provision. 2014-HCB-5928 Unfortunately, reforms of repeat offender sentencing that were included in HB 5928 were not included in the […]

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New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?
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New CAPPS report: Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?

Click here to download pdf of the full report: CAPPS – Paroling people who committed serious crimes, 11-23-14 Click here to go to 2-page information about HB 5931 (H2): Final 2 Page TPS HB 5931 (H2) Click here to go to CAPPS ACTION ALERT ON HB 5931 (H-B) – a parole “reform” worse than that status quo […]

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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice
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AP: Savings Eyed in Changes in Criminal Justice

Associated Press, November 30, 2014 Click here to read the full article. “Michigan lawmakers are considering changes in the state’s criminal justice system, including a fairer path to parole for prisoners and a data-driven effort to rewrite sentencing guidelines for certain crimes. The case is being made by a western Michigan Republican, Rep. Joe Haveman […]

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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”
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Michigan Radio: Prison policy activists see opportunity in “lame duck”

Jake Neher, Michigan Radio, November 20, 2014 Click here to read more. “Michigan spends about $2 billion every year on prisons. The legislation seeks to reduce the length of some prison stays and provide more supervision for people after they are released from prison. The most widely supported proposal would create a commission to oversee […]

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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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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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