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Public Safety Performance Project > State Work > Michigan

The economic downturn has hit state budgets hard, and Michigan is a prime example. Lawmakers have moved to control growth of the corrections budget in the state, where violent crime is a problem, and local law enforcement lacks resources to apprehend offenders. In the midst of a statewide recession, unemployed, disconnected youth have a higher risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, and in One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008, Pew reported that Michigan is one of four states that spend more on prisons than on higher education.

Soon after the release of the Pew report, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Senate Majority Leader Michael Bishop and Speaker of the House Andy Dillon requested intensive technical assistance from the Council of State Governments Justice Center–a partner in Pew's Public Safety Performance Project–to work with a group of policy makers to analyze Michigan's crime, community corrections and sentencing policies. With Pew and the Justice Center, the state working group has since developed and agreed on a policy framework that will make residents of Michigan safer and that will reduce spending on corrections.


Report  | January 2010
Michigan Justice Reinvestment Working Group: Bipartisan Plan to Increase Public Safety and Reduce Spending: January 2010 Update   arrow

Q&A | January 2010
Right-Sizing Prisons: Business Leaders Make the Case for Corrections Reform    arrow  

Report | May 2009
Michigan Justice Reinvestment Working Group: Bipartisan Plan to Increase Public Safety and Reduce Spending   arrow

Report  | January 2009
Policy Options to Deter Crime, Lower Recidivism, and Reduce Spending on Corrections arrow

 Report  | January 2009
Analyses of Crime, Community Corrections, and Sentencing Policies  arrow

Report  | January 2009
Presentation: Justice Reinvestment in Michigan: Analyses and Policy Options   arrow

Report  | July 2008
Justice Reinvestment in Michigan: Reducing Crime, Victimization and Corrections Spending arrow

Brief  | July 2008
Work in the States: Sentencing and Corrections in Michigan   arrow  

Report  | May 2008
Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing: A Comparative Study in Three States   arrow  


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