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June 11, 2015
Progress Michigan Applauds Report Calling for Criminal Justice Reform
Report calls for 10,000 fewer Michigan prisoners
LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan praised a report released by the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending calling for 10,000 fewer prisoners in the next five years. The report, which was released today, lists several recommendations to reduce the prisoner population in Michigan.
“Today’s report is a critical piece in the ongoing conversation about how to reform our criminal justice system,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We can responsibly reduce our prison population without compromising public safety or punishing those who work in our prisons. We need to reduce prison funding and prioritize investment in infrastructure, education and mental health services. This plan offers real solutions to cost issues in our prisons, unlike the irresponsible privatization experiments like the disastrous Aramark food service contract.”
The report is available here.