The Michigan Senate recently approved criminal justice reforms to help reduce the cycle of imprisonment while ensuring public protection and safety.
The package of bills addresses issues throughout the entire system — those facing prisoners, individuals on probation or parole and those working to assimilate back into society. Reforms include ways to better track and evaluate recidivism data, speed up medical commutation hearings, and help prisoners transition back into their communities.
Michigan has a recidivism rate 20 percent higher than the national average for probationers and parolees. The bills refocus Michigan’s criminal justice system on rehabilitation to help break the cycle of crime. Many of the reforms are based on the success of programs in other states.
Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 have been sent to the House for consideration.