Michigan

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  In 1998, lawmakers repealed mandatory life sentences without parole for certain drug offenses and made those serving such sentences eligible for parole.  In 2003, the legislature repealed almost all drug mandatory minimums, changed lifetime probation to a five-year probationary period and implemented new sentencing guidelines.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.

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


August 21, 2015

43,000 Michigan prisoners: Who should we cut loose first?

(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

Michigan State Sentencing Guidelines Ruled Unconstitutional

(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 »



August 21, 2014

Reform Michigan Corrections Guidelines

(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 »