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More problems plague the food in Michigan’s prisons. This time it’s maggots. Cheyna Roth has more.


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Authorities say two health care workers at a prison in southern Michigan are suspended amid a state police investigation into the death of an inmate.

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Several Michigan prosecutors want to keep most or all their juvenile-lifer inmates behind bars despite Supreme Court rulings that say the punishment should be banned except for those rare offenders who are beyond rehabilitation.

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State auditors have found problems at women’s prisons, saying required searches of inmates, staff and cells weren’t conducted.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that pay cuts for Michigan Department of Corrections workers five years ago were properly handled.

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The Michigan Senate has approved 15-year prison terms for parents and doctors involved in the genital mutilation of children, in response to a Detroit-area doctor recently indicted in such a case.

Current Sports | April 19, 2017

Apr 19, 2017
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Aaron Hernandez Suicide; Adam Schefter; Societal Reaction to Aaron Hernandez; Reasons for the Demise of Aaron Hernandez; Matthew Stafford.


Current Sports | March 30, 2017

Mar 30, 2017
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McDonald's All-American Game; Michigan State Men's Basketball 2017-2018; Jaren Jackson Jr.; Tommy Washington Jr.; In-depth Feature.


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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.

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We talk to former Michigan House Speaker Craig DeRoche about his appearance in Ava Duvernay’s Netflix documentary “13th.”


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A recent Supreme Court ruling means more than 2,200 juveniles nationwide serving life sentences now have a chance at lighter sentences or parole. Current State talks with Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III about his concerns over resentencing.


Letters from MI juvenile lifers share sorrow, hope

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The U.S. Supreme Court is studying whether to offer a chance at freedom to offenders sentenced to mandatory life terms as juveniles. Current State talks with Lansing-based reporter Craig Mauger of MIRS News. He exchanged letters with Michigan inmates who could be impacted.


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The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney. But underfunded and disjointed public defense systems means that low income people accused of a crime don’t get adequate representation in court. A new set of standards from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission hopes to change that.


Many of the people arrested in the United States suffer from a mental illness, and research indicates that those released from custody are four times as likely to attempt suicide when compared with those in jail. We talk with Dr. Jennifer Johnson about her research aimed at lowering the post-detention suicide rate.


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In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.

That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.

Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.

But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.

Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.