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    Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative

    Vincent Szczerowski

    A major struggle faced in the state of Michigan that often goes unheard of is the ability to implement a successful program that allows inmates of prisons to reenter society as productive and successful citizens while avoiding their return back to prison. In our state, the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI) ...

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    Michigan’s Kelsey Smith Law

    Gabriella Reihanian


    Michigan House Bill 4006 (HB 4006) of 2015, also known as the Kelsey Smith Law, would allow wireless carriers to provide law enforcement officers with location data of wireless users in emergency situations. This bill provides protection to the wireless carrier by giving civil and criminal immunity to the carrier that ...

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    Analysis of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative

    Taibat (Tai) Bello

    A little known, but important current issue in Michigan concerns the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI). True to the name of the initiative, this policy is designed to prepare former lawbreakers to transition back into society, through a series of steps or integration programs. Individuals from government related organizations band together ...

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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 these changes were in response to growing research that displayed ...

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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 provide a platform for forecasting the number of offenders entering ...

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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 for the state to save money, including privatizing prison services, ...

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    DEA Demands MI's Records on Medical Marijuana

    The regulation of medical marijuana is facing yet another issue. The Drug Enforcement Administration is demanding medical marijuana records from Michigan’s Department of Community Health as part of an alleged investigation of some Lansing residents. The department is resisting and is perfectly able to do so citing the law that makes ...

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    Overview: Office of Community Alternatives

    The Office of Community Alternatives was created in 1988 as an independent agency within the Michigan Department of Corrections. The main goals of this organization are to reduce admissions to prison, improve utilization of local jail facilities, improve rehabilitative service to offenders, and strengthen offender accountability. Local governments participate in this ...

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    Wayne County commissioners to vote on $700m for new jail


    Wayne County, MI is considering two sites near Greektown to build a justice complex with a projected cost of $700 million. This complex would house both a $300 million jail and a $400 million court under one roof. The voting went 14-1 in favor of a 30 year $300 million dollar ...

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    Teen Court

    In high schools across southeastern Michigan, a new organization is slowly being introduced. Teen court is a program that enables high school students to sentence their peers who have committed smaller-scale, nonviolent crimes. Crimes ranging from vandalism to shoplifting will be sentenced by students participating in the program. Southeastern High is ...

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    Prison Release Proposal

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    A major issue in the Criminal Justice policy area is the releasing of prisoners. This may mean setting convicted murders free on the street to commit more crime and violence. This is exactly the thoughts of many citizens, especially survivors of attacks or family members of victims that are rightfully angered ...

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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 package of House Bills 4497, 4498, and 4499. These ...

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    DNA Testing In Michigan

    Cameron S. Mock

    Previously in the state of Michigan, if an individual was arrested for a crime and law enforcement wanted to obtain that individual's DNA to aid in their investigation, they would need to obtain a warrant. Currently, with the passage of Senate Bill 0429, law enforcement is given the power to ...

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    2010 Gubernatorial Candidates on Criminal Justice

    Jessica Deloach

    Michigan's 2010 Gubernatorial race is currently underway and it seems that the Republican candidates already have an advantage over their Democratic rivals. The primary is on August 3, 2010 and the election will take place on November 2, 2010. Criminal justice is a very important topic in every state and is ...

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    Minimum Sentencing

    Leah Francour

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    Johanna Jelenek is Criminal Justice policy fellow. She is a first-year student in Communications at Michigan State University.