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    Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative Retains Support

    Dexter Slusarski

    In February, Governor Rick Snyder introduced the Executive Budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Overall, the Department of Corrections received a slight increase for FY 2012 and 4.3 percent increase for 2013. Included in the budget were several viable options ...

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    Sentencing Guidelines in the Great Lakes States

    Dexter Slusarski

    From 1975 through 1980 American sentencing laws and practices experienced more extensive changes than any other 5-year period in American history. Ten states abolished their parole boards, fifteen states enacted determinate sentencing statues and thirty-five instituted mandatory minimum-sentence laws. All of ...

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    Early Release for Budget Savings?

    Dawn Pickett

    With the State of Michigan facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall this next fiscal year, the government is looking for ways to balance the budget without cutting too many services. One of the options in Committee right now is the ...

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    Interview with John Cordell, Michigan Department of Corrections

    Leah Francour

    John Cordell Department of Corrections   What is your educational background? John: I have a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan in political science Where were you employed after you graduated? John: I was a police officer and a deputy sheriff for Washintaw county. ...

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    Mental Health Courts

    Jessica Deloach

    In the opinion of some individuals, incarcerating someone who is mentally handicapped will do nothing to improve their way of life or the way they look at situations, which would in turn, be futile to the improvement and stability of the ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    Minimum Sentencing

    Leah Francour

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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 ...

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    Interview with Kirk Herman Regarding the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Ini …

    Dexter Slusarski

    The following interview took place over e-mail from March 2011 through April 2011. Kirk Herman, was convicted in 1997 of driving drunk and causing the death of a childhood friend who was seated behind him when his vehicle struck a tree. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    Sentencing Guideline Comparison

    Johanna Jelenek

    The state of Michigan has implemented sentencing guidelines in its court system along with several other states. They are designed to increase consistency in sentencing so that similarly situated offenders receive similar sentences, to eliminate discrimination in sentencing outcomes, and they ...

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    Michigan's Prison Situation

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    The state of Michigan has been known for its large intake of prisoners and felons in the past decade. With one of the largest prison populations in the country Michigan is looking to change its image entirely by reducing the number ...

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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 ...

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    Ken McKee: Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility Warden

    Leah Francour

    What is your Educational background?   I Graduated from Central Michigan University in the early 80s with a degree in psychology and minor in education. I wanted to be a teacher and a coach but times were tough and the economy was down, ...

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    Interview with Steven Thompson, Michigan NORML

    Dan Nutt

    Interviewee: Rev. Steven B. Thompson, Executive Director of MINORML. (The State of Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)

    Interview Setting: I interviewed him over the phone at 7 PM on Wednesday the 2nd of December.

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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. ...

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    Court Ruling Alters the Criminal Justice System

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    A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court addressed issues in the policy area of law crime that could greatly change the way Michigan's criminal justice system operates. They ruled that the sentencing of life in prison without parole to ...

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    Interview with Steve Dulan, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Own …

    Michael D Picio

    Background: Steve Dulan is a part time Cooley Law School and Lansing Community College professor and serving his 3rd 2-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners as well ...

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