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 In 1998, lawmakers repealed mandatory life sentences without parole for certain drug offenses and made those serving such sentences eligible for parole. In 2003, the legislature repealed almost all drug mandatory minimums, changed lifetime probation to a five-year probationary period and implemented new sentencing guidelines.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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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
(Detroit Free Press) — In a decision that could have a far-reaching impact on current and future cases going through the court system, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state’s sentencing guidelines that mandate prison terms are unconstitutional, and that judges should use them only in an advisory capacity. The ruling set off… Read more »
January 14, 2015
MLive.com — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed laws creating the Justice Policy Commission, designed to reform criminal sentencing, and enacting minor reforms to the community corrections system. House Bills 5928 and 5929 are now Public Acts 465 and 466. Public Act 465 creates the Justice Policy Commission and P.A. 466 encompasses the reforms… Read more »
August 21, 2014
(The Detroit News) Michigan spends more money on corrections than on higher education — about $2 billion annually, or $35,000 per prisoner. It’s one of just a few states that continues to spend so much, despite data over the past several years that shows decreasing the number of people in prison correlates to decreased crime rates…. Read more »