Michigan Initiatives

In partnership with Michigan state leaders, the CSG Justice Center is working on several key criminal justice initiatives to increase public safety, including Stepping Up and Justice Reinvestment.

Justice Reinvestment in Michigan

In January 2013, the CSG Justice Center embarked on a Justice Reinvestment approach in Michigan to help state leaders identify and address the most pressing criminal justice system challenges.

Overview

In Michigan, one of every five state dollars is spent on corrections. While policymakers look for ways to contain the high costs of corrections, victims, law enforcement, and prosecutors have urged caution against letting fiscal concerns trump efforts to reduce crime and protect the public. Everyone seems to agree, however, that the state should be getting a much greater return on the significant investments taxpayers currently make in the criminal justice system.

From 2013 to 2014, the CSG Justice Center worked with Michigan state leaders to study the state’s felony sentencing system for its impacts on public safety, recidivism trends, and state and local spending. CSG Justice Center staff analyzed data and interviewed stakeholders from across the criminal justice system. In a report to the Michigan Law Revision Commission (MLRC), a bipartisan group of legislators and public members, the CSG Justice Center presented analyses and policy areas for further development.

The state enacted legislation to establish a structure for continual analysis of Michigan’s sentencing practices and justice system by establishing a Criminal Justice Policy Commission and concentrated community corrections funding on programs proven to reduce recidivism.

  • Justice Reinvestment in Michigan: Overview
Presentations

Justice Reinvestment (since 2014)

  • First Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission Initial presentation detailing the goals of Justice Reinvestment, as well as an analysis of Michigan’s sentencing guidelines, and current trends with prison population, delivered to the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
  • Second Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission Presentation of intermediate analyses, including what works to reduce recidivism, stakeholder perspectives about sentencing, and sentencing practices in Michigan, delivered to the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
  • Third Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission on CSG’s latest analysis of sentencing data, and how Michigan’s sentencing guidelines affect and interact with corrections resources, parole decisions and supervision.
  • Fourth Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission about best practices for reducing criminal behavior and examples of effective swift and certain probation violation response programs across the country, and Swift and Sure Sanctions Program in Michigan.
  • Sixth Presentation to the Michigan Law Revision Commission The presentation includes opportunities for policy development to improve the state’s sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the state and counties, and direct resources to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

Justice Reinvestment Archive Publications (2008–2010)

Final Report
  • Applying a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Improve Michigan’s Sentencing System The report outlines areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state’s sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the state and counties, and direct resources to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.
  • Michigan Report Technical Appendix This technical appendix is a collection of data analysis slides the CSG Justice Center staff have previously presented to the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
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