Michigan prosecutors are opposing proposed legislation to provide increased leniency to some convicted felons, reports the Saginaw News. Legislation to abolish or reduce minimum prison requirements equate to the earlier than expected release of up to 7,550 convicted felons statewide.
The state spends $32,000 annually per prisoner. The legislation could save $262 million by shortening prison requirements to bring them in line with other states and releasing 4,300 prisoners by 2015. Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas said with a recidivism rate already at 66 percent, that means 4,950 of those convicted felon will likely commit crime again. Thomas believes cost savings shouldn't come from reduced prison population but from cutting costs that make housing inmates so expensive.