Free Press Urges Broad Criminal Justice Reform For Michigan


The Detroit Free Press has called on Michigan legislators and Gov. Jennifer Granholm to make reform of the criminal justice system “the centerpiece of restructuring state government this year.” In an editorial, the paper calls for such reforms as restoration of good-time credits for convicts, approval of new sentencing guidelines to divert hundreds of offenders from prison to lower-cost community corrections programs, and repeal of Michigan’s juvenile lifer law.

The paper says, “Creating a cost-effective, safe and humane corrections system that protects the public, sends less-dangerous offenders to community alternatives, treats people with substance abuse and mental health problems, and returns offenders to society with adequate employment and coping skills will take substantial legal and policy changes.”

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