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    Has Privatization in Prisons Saved Michiganders Money?

    Abram Huyser Honig

    The cost of “law and order” in Michigan has become too expensive. The state spends over $34,000 per year on each inmate in state prison; while some states spend more than this, others spend much less . Michigan’s costs are compounded by long sentences and relatively high incarceration ...

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    Corrections Largely Escape Snyder's Budget Ax

    Dexter Slusarski

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released his budget proposal for 2012 and 2013 on Thursday February, 17th. Most experts expected to see correction cuts to be somewhere around $400 million, however, the Governor surprised many with his proposal of $2 billion dollars for 2012, a slight increase over the previous year (.6 ...

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    Truth in Sentencing Plan

    The state of Michigan has awarded prisoners early release from captivity due to good behavior for a long time, just like many other states. In 1978, an initiative petition prohibited prisoners from this reward until 1982. Faced with a serious issue of overcrowding, Legislature adopted a new system of "disciplinary credits." ...

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    Proposed Change in Evidence Rules

    Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy, is trying to change Michigan's court rules to keep prisoners from presenting new evidence after one year of their initial conviction. She believes new post-conviction motions could divert "scarce resources from cases involving defendants newly convicted."
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    Legal Duels in Michigan?

    Dawn Pickett

    Currently in Michigan there is a ban on the crime of dueling. Representatives Wheeler-Smith, Sheltrown, and LeBlanc have proposed House Bills 6135, 6136, and 6137 respectively. These bills would repeal the prohibition of engaging in or challenging another person to a duel. The Michigan Corrections Code and sentencing ...

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    Marijuana Driving Cases

    Dawn Pickett

    Approximately 6,000 people in Michigan are legally using medical marijuana and another 59 applications are submitted to the health department every day. In addition, at any one given time there are countless people using marijuana, and other illicit drugs, illegally. Although marijuana can be detected in a person for up ...

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    Becoming Arizona? Michigan's Fight for Tougher Immigration Laws

    Lupe Dominguez

    Arizona, a state not most often talked about in the news, has been put on the spot lately. The reason? A new law, SB 1070, which gives Arizona officers the authority to stop and detain people if they have reason to suspect that someone is here illegally. It gives them, also, ...

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    Additional Sex Offender Registration Fees Proposed

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    In the case of many policy issues, Michigan's Legislature acts like the United States Congress in the way of responding to a problem brought forth by the media and the citizens, as opposed to promoting legislation unprovoked. A prime example of this occurrence was the 1994 kidnapping of Jacob Wettering. His ...

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    Proposal for Prosecuting Attorneys to Carry Pistols in "No-Carry Zones …

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    House Bill 4982 was introduced last year on the 21st of May to amend the Handgun Licensure Act of 1927 by Representative Jim Slezak concerning the carrying of a concealed pistol. If passed, it would allow prosecuting attorneys or assisting prosecuting attorneys which are licensed to carry a concealed pistol to ...

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    Proposed Changes Require Attorneys for Michigan Juveniles

    John McNamara

    Currently in Michigan a juvenile delinquent can be assigned an attorney by the state if the child's legal guardian refuses to take part in the proceedings, the child's parents are in the complaint in the case, the child and those responsible for him cannot afford an attorney, or if a court ...

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    County Jail Reimbursement Program Veto

    Jessica Deloach

    The County Jail Reimbursement Program is a program that was established in 1989 and was designed to save money on prisons. It allowed county jails to house felons that would be housed in prisons in order to save the state of Michigan money.

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    Juvenile Crime Bills

    Leah Francour


    House bills 4518 and 4594-4596 as introduced in February of 2009 would amend various acts to prohibit sentencing a juvenile convicted of a crime to life without the possibility of parole and also revise parole eligibility for juveniles sentenced as adults. The bills would forbid sentences of life without parole for ...

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    Mishap with Early Release Program

    Leah Francour

    Michigan returned 62 sex offenders to prison who were mistakenly released between June 22nd and June 24th. This mistake was caused by a glitch in how psychologists determined the prisoners' treatment plans. The parolees were found immediately with help of a GPS tether system they had to wear. Some of the ...

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