Corrections Department http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-appeals-order-parole-hearings-teen-offenders-serving-life-jail <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that would require parole hearings for more than 300 <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/despite-supreme-court-ruling-many-minors-may-stay-in-prison-for-life">juvenile offenders serving life sentences.</a></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that sentencing juvenile offenders to automatic life without parole constituted “cruel and unusual” punishment.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:20:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 15504 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail Michigan inmate loses bid to have commutation of life sentence reinstated http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-inmate-loses-bid-have-commutation-life-sentence-reinstated <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan appeals court says it has no authority to intervene in the judgment of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who agreed to change a prisoner's no-parole sentence but then changed her mind before leaving office in 2010.<br><br>The court said Friday it must respect the "clear and exclusive constitutional power" granted to Michigan governors in commutation matters.<br> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:00:48 +0000 The Associated Press 10553 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court won't intervene in $100M deal with Prisoners http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-wont-intervene-100m-deal-prisoners <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a dispute over a $100 million settlement with former and current female prisoners who claimed they were sexually harassed behind bars Oakland County wants the women&#39;s names so victims of their crimes can also be paid. While that dispute is pending, the county wants the state to suspend payments.</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:18:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4947 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court won't intervene in $100M deal with Prisoners New law requires earlier DNA tests for inmates http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-requires-earlier-dna-tests-inmates <p>Michigan prison inmates will have to submit to DNA testing soon after they&#39;re locked up rather than waiting until just before they&#39;re released under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.</p><p>The state began collecting inmates&#39; DNA samples in 1994, but inmates currently aren&#39;t required to provide a sample until they&#39;re released on parole, placed in a halfway house or discharged after serving their full sentences.</p><p>Supporters say the new law Snyder signed Thursday will help police solve cold cases sooner by giving them the ability to match inmates&#39; DNA to unsolved crimes while they&#39;re still in prison.</p><p>Prison inmates now will have to give a DNA sample within three months of incarceration. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:35:36 +0000 The Associated Press 3427 at http://michiganradio.org