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Hearings Begin To Compensate Exonerated Prisoners

Aug 16, 2017
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The first hearings to compensate people who’ve been wrongfully convicted started Wednesday; but some left the courtroom unsatisfied. The hearings come after a new law was signed at the end of last year. That law gives wrongfully convicted people money for each year they were in prison. 

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A battle is heating up in Lansing over the state’s corrections budget. 

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Advocates and lawmakers gathered Wednesday in Lansing with the message that there are too many people incarcerated and too few opportunities for inmates to reform themselves upon release.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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Michigan Senators are making a big push for prison and parole reform this year. Over 20 of the 52 bills introduced during session last week were about criminal justice changes.

Ahead of Miller parole hearing, a victim speaks

Aug 29, 2016
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This week, serial killer Donald Miller meets with the parole board about a possible release from prison. Miller confessed to killing four people. We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Beth LeBlanc and with Randy Gilbert, who survived one of the attacks.


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We talk with Barbara Levine of the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending about prison reforms being considered in Lansing.


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The true story of Maurice Henry Carter, who was wrongfully convicted and served 29 years for shooting a Benton Harbor police officer, was turned into a play that will be performed tonight and Sunday in the Lansing area. We speak with director Lisa Biggs,  and Doug Tjapkes, the man who worked for ten years to help free Carter.


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On Saturday in Jackson, former prison inmates will meet with concerned citizens and others to discuss reforms to America’s prison system. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Christine Peterson of the Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association, and Hakim Crampton, who spent time in a Wisconsin prison before moving back to Jackson.


The state is cutting ties with Aramark and starting fresh with a new company to provide food service to Michigan prisons. Current State talks with Michigan Public Radio Network Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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Current State talks with Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson about her recent article about juvenile offenders in Michigan’s prison system and the challenges facing reporters covering the prison system.


Michigan prosecutors have issued a report with their positions on reforming the state's prison system.


Current State talks with Barb Levine, lead author of a report from The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending that offers a roadmap to reducing the prison population and saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.


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From 2003 to 2013, Michigan prosecuted over 20,000 juvenile offenders as adults. Advocates for juvenile justice reform say youth housed in adult prisons are at a much greater risk for sexual abuse and suicide than the adult prison population. And while there is now a sight and sound barrier between juvenile offenders and the adult prison population, that wasn’t always the case. The state is now facing allegations from seven former juvenile offenders that they were sexually abused by both other prisoners and prison staff while housed in those facilities.

Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7'

May 7, 2014
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At the Southern Michigan Prison near Jackson, Cell Block 7 housed thousands of inmates beginning in the 1930s.  Prisoners had been convicted of crimes ranging from liquor law violations to murder. Soon, that same cell block will be transformed into a museum that tells Jackson’s story as perhaps Michigan’s best known correctional center, which at one time was the largest walled prison in the world.

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