Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- No, Chinese investors aren't 'buying up Detroit' – but they do have an eye on the Motor City
- If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan
- The average Michigan family needs $52,330 a year to 'make ends meet'
- Watch a time-lapse video of the ice forming on the Great Lakes
- What all the snow and ice will mean for Great Lakes water levels
Mon July 8, 2013
Michigan considers sentencing guidelines changes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder are considering changes to prison sentencing guidelines that were last updated about 15 years ago.
The Detroit News reports the idea is driven in part by a desire to reduce the state Department of Corrections budget, which exceeds $2 billion.
A state sentencing guidelines study was launched last month by the bipartisan Michigan Law Review Commission.
Corrections Director Dan Heyns has advocated for a review of state sentencing guidelines. He endorsed the review, which likely will take about 18 months.
A 2012 national Pew Charitable Trusts study found that Michigan's sentences or time served were 79 percent longer than in 1990. Changes were approved by state lawmakers in 1998, and the study says that added about $472 million to Michigan's annual prison costs.