Michigan passed sweeping reforms of its mandatory minimum drug penalties in 2003 and 1998. In 1998, lawmakers repealed mandatory life sentences without parole for certain drug offenses and made those serving such sentences eligible for parole. In 2003, the legislature repealed almost all drug mandatory minimums, changed lifetime probation to a five-year probationary period and implemented new sentencing guidelines. In 2010, the state passed additional reforms that provide earlier parole eligibility to most of the drug offenders who were not affected by the earlier reforms.
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February 9, 2017
Originally seen in Corrections One. LANSING — Criminal justice reform was a legislative priority left hanging in the 2016 lame-duck session of the Michigan Legislature. But on Thursday, a 21-bill package became the first proposals to get action in the Senate, with nearly all of the bills receiving unanimous support. “A problem that has plagued the state… Read more »
January 15, 2017
Originally seen in Michigan Live After a 54-year-old man appealed his prison sentence for a bank robbery conviction, a Washtenaw County Trial Court judge effectively doubled it. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Judge Archie C. Brown re-sentenced Steve Aderrick Odom to 30 years to 60 years in prison after Odom appealed his 2011 sentence of 17 years… Read more »
August 21, 2015
(MLive.com) — With a bipartisan push gaining steam to reform the state’s criminal justice and prison systems, two questions are worth asking: Just who occupies Michigan’s 35 prisons? And should they all be behind bars? In 2013, the most recent year made available by the state, the Michigan Department of Corrections cataloged a prison population… Read more »
July 30, 2015
Originally seen in Michigan Live Some big changes are coming to the way convicted criminals are sentenced in Michigan following a decision by the state Supreme Court Wednesday. In a 5-2 decision, the court struck down parts of Michigan law around sentencing guidelines and made sentencing guidelines advisory rather than mandatory. One of the biggest aspects… Read more »