criminal justice reform


(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison. 

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(MPRN-Lansing)  Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity. State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime. 

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Activist Mariame Kaba says the incarceration rate for juveniles peaked in 1993. While it’s been going down, Kaba has started Project NIA to end all youth incarceration.

Courtesy of the Western Michigan University Cooley School Innocence Project / Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

A Detroit man spent over 41 years in prison. In June, he became a free man and his conviction was vacated thanks in large part to the work of the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project. LeDura Watkins was convicted of first degree murder in 1976.

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(MPRN-Lansing)  The state is hammering out its budget. And lawmakers are having a sharp disagreement with the governor’s office over one of Michigan’s biggest price tags – the corrections budget. Both sides agree rehabilitation and lowering recidivism is the way to go. But they can’t agree on how much money to spend this year.