Reform michigan prison

Reform michigan prison

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Cynthia Bacon started this petition to Michigan State Senate

THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN "PROPOSE"

That Michigan's sentencing policies and procedures be reconstructed to eliminate disparities and to relieve Michigan's tax paying citizens of increased tax wages and reduce Michigan "MDOC" inmate population.

QUESTION: How can this be done?

(1) By repealing the truth in sentencing act.

(2) Eliminating long indeterminate sentences imposed based on the sentencing judge's discretion.

(3) Revising and reinstating MCL.769.9.

(4) Following procedures and policies utilized by other states which do not have the Death Penalty such as Alaska, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and a few other states which do not have the Death penalty

(5) Placing caps on all serious felonies with Life as option based on a review of the inmates institutional record.

IT IS OFTEN STATED THAT BECAUSE MICHIGAN DOES NOT HAVE THE DEATH PENALTY THE LEGISLATURE HAS BEEN PRONE TO BE HARSH AND VINDICTIVE ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

STATEMENT OF FACTS: Michigan penal system has become profit driven rather than rehabilitive and safety driven.  There is less of a concern for Michigan's citizen's safety and more of a desire for prioritizing inmates,supporters,and the inmate families. To end this please sign this petition supporting the facts and arguments/s/_______________

For further information on this matter or a better understanding continue reading:

QUESTION: WHY ARE MICHIGAN PRISONERS SUBJECT TO TO HARSHER PENALTIES FOR CRIMES THAT OTHER PRISONERS SITUATED IN NON-DEALTH PENALTY STATES?

(A) Because of the privatization of vending ( i.e. commissary, clothing,telephone service as, food serviced, healthcare,etc) As well as the bureacuracy, that is being utilized to monopolize and expired (MDOC's) inmate population, family, and friends.   By subjecting Michigan Inmates to longer prison terms and placing inmates further away from communities they came from.  Which in return provides the funding necessary to support the agency's and government actors involved.

However surveys and statistics show that Michigan there is a continued incarceration of inmates who would have already "BEEN PAROLED IF THEY WERE IN OTHER STATES". See Survey Attached.pg

Discontinuing this practice will stop the overbearing effects of incarceration and return tax paying citizens to their communities by reducing funds poured into the prison system to support unproductive citizens.  This allows for inmates to prove that they are capable of functioning as law abiding citizens when given the opportunity. 

QUESTION: WHY HASN'T THE LEGISLATURE PLACED A CAP ON ALL SERIOUS CRIMES PREVENTING ABUSE OF DISCRETION AND DISPARITIES?

QUESTION: WHY IS THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE  CONTINUING TO ALLOW JUDGES TO IMPOSE VINDICTIVE ,LONG INDETERMINATE SENTENCES?

QUESTION: WHAT DOES MICHIGAN TAX PAYING CITIZENS BENEFIT BY ALLOWING THE JUDGES TO SENTENCE INMATES TO LENGHTY TERMS OF PRISON?

WHICH IF THEY WERE IN OTHER STATES THEY WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE OR ALREADY PAROLED FOR SERIOUS CRIMES SUCH AS (RAPE , MURDER, ARMED ROBBED, ETC.) See Survey Attached.

Because of misinformation concerning violent crimes citizens of the States of Michigan and the Michigan Parole Board have fallen victim to a belief that inmates/ prisoners who have committed violent crimes should stay in prison longer and or serve longer sentences than inmate/ prisoners who have committed non violent crimes As an example, we cite the following comparison breakdown of violent crimes vs nonviolent crimes:            See Comparison page 2 Violent vs Non-violent.

In The State of Michigan and in the Country, the prevailing belief is that if you are convicted of any one of the crimes in left column then you should serve more time if you were convicted of crimes in the right column.  This standard in general is flawed because there is no way to know why the offender committed the crime(s) in the first place.  An offender can assult someone because they were defending themselves but took it too far rendering the victim incapaciated.  Even though the victim may have initiated the exchange. Conversely, an offender who stole someone's car may have caused that person to lose their job because they no longer have transportation to get to work or in a situation where they depleted someone's  saving account therefore they can't pay their bills or stole someone's tools that were used to engage their craft of construction, carpentry, brick mason work, pr day labor.  However , because they're considered "NON-VIOLENT" the people who commit these offenses are allowed to serve far less time than someone who committed violent offenses even though the effects of the non-violent crime last just as long or sometimes longer than violent crimes.

On the other side of that issue is the mental effect or mental reality.  What happens to the mind of the average violent offender vs the non-violent offender once they are incarcerated for long periods of time?  The Michigan Legislature would do well to interview or question psychiatrists and psychologists who work in the M.D.C.O. concerning their diagnose and prognosis of violent offenders vs non-violent offenders.  If you were to do so, here are some of the important points and traits you will find:

See Comparison pg3  Violent vs Non-Violent

OBSERVABLE TRAITS AND TESTIMONY FROM LIFERS OR PRISONERS WITH LONG AND INDETERMINATE SENTENCES

Department of corrections all over the country lack positive or sufficient programs to help prisoners elevate and/or rehabilitate themselves.

Therefore statistics show that inmates who serve 10 years or are more likely to reciivate.  We offer/ suggest 20 years as a guideline or cut off point or more commonly a reasonable number to look forward to-do even though 20 years is two (2) decades!!! A generation being 25 years.  So let's assume that the State of Michigan put a 20 year maximum on the harshest violent crimes on the Michigan statue.

Letting someone go home after17, 18, 19, or 20 years is and should be be sufficient.  Forcing someone to serve 30, 40, or 50 years for something that they have been sufficently punished for after 17 years is not beneficial to the victim, the perpetrator, the M.D.C.O., or society as a whole. As a state and a nation of laws and we would do better if we through legislature, pass laws that force inmates to work while on parole and pay a sizeable portion of their income to the State or victim. Also instead of spending many more years in prison, beyond what any logical thinking society would consider sufficient they spend all those years on supervised tethered release.

Again let us use 20 years as the maximum number of years as an example.  No matter what the crime a 20 year CAP should be placed on th maximum(not minimum amount of time a prisoner has to serve.  The focus point of incarceration should be:

(A). To punish the crime

(B). To get justice for the victim

(C). To keep society safe

(D). To teach offender that he/ she did wrong.

(E). To show the offender a better way of life

(F). To give the offender a chance to live better.

(G). To send him/her home (back to society) as a better person.

(H). To allow him/her to serve society.

(I). To reduce crime through proactive education.

To prevent further ABUSE of direction and misappropriation of Michigan's Tax Paying citizens. We must revise the initional 10 year review for:  First -Degree and Second-Degree Murder, Lifers and all other serious offenders and add the below mentioned "Option Criteria":

FOR PAROLE ELIGIBILITY AND SPECIAL ALTERNATIVE INCARCERATION METHODS.  BY PLACING "CAPS" ON THE NUMEROUS OFFENSES AND CRIME THAT FOLLOW. FOR THOSE WITH" LIFE SENTENCES" AND " LONG INDETERMINATE SENTENCES".

Instead of 10 year annual file review, those that meet each requirement must be given a actual PAROLE hearing once requirements are met for the crime.

Options Below:

OPTION REQUIREMENTS:

(1) The offender must have served 10 years or the minimum CAP placed on his/her offense and has maintained a respectable institutional record.

(2) The offender has a parole plan, outside family and friends support and placement addresses that can be inspected and verified along with average 363 and annual review reports prepared by the inmate's unit counselor.

(3) The offender agrees and is willing to wear a "GTU" Global Tracking Unit or "Tether" which he/she pays for weekly and attends non-violent violent communication programs/assault on offenders or personal counseling classes recommending and referred by the offenders PAROLE officer.

(4) The offender agrees to pay $50.00 a week debt obligation fee for his/ her tether and counseling classes.

NOTE: If the offender is unable to pay because the offender is it of work, the offender debt will be be accumulated into a payback indigent program.  Therefore, if he/she hasn't been able to for sale( 1) month the offender would owe the indigent program$ 200.00 for the month or how ever long it tallies up to that they are unable to pay. However one the offender resumes work $ 50.00 will be deducted from hie/her check until her/ his debt obligation is played back.  Furthermore the parolees must attend counseling and classes and abide by all PAROLE rules regardless of his/her ability to maintain employment.  Meetings and counseling sessions are mandatory unless discontinued by the offenders PAROLE officer or completion of the programs/courses.

ALL OFFENDERS WILL BE PLACED ON TETHER OR GUT FOR A MINIMUM OF ( 1) YEAR UPON RELEASE ON.PAROLE OR AS LONG AS THE OFFENDERS P.O DEEMS NECESARY

CAPS:

FIRST DEGREE MURDER- 20 years must be served before becoming ELIGIBLE for Tether/GPS option.40 year maximum or LWOP in rare circumstances.

Second Degree Murder- 1 Year must be served before becoming ELIGIBLE for Tether/GPS Option 20 year maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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