By Kristi Tanner
More felony sentences in Michigan are resulting in jail or prison time. In 2012, 76% of felony sentences led to time behind bars, compared to 70% in 2008.
The figures are part of an analysis by the Council of State Governments to the Michigan Law Revision Commission, which recommend changes to the state’s sentencing guidelines.
The increasing trend was consistent across all offense classes, and less serious offenses — such as drug and property crimes — experienced some of the largest increases.
The analysis also found wide variation in sentencing by county. Among sentences where county jail, prison or probation may be imposed, researchers found 38% of Wayne County sentences resulted in county jail time, compared to 83% in Ingham County. Final analysis and recommendations are expected in March.