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SENTENCING CHANGES
(2007-07-24)
(wgvu) - MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE COX AND
OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE BLASTING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR
GRANHOLM'S PROPOSAL TO CHANGE MICHIGAN'S SENTENCING LAWS SO FEWER
CRIMINALS ARE LOCKED IN STATE PRISON AND COUNTY JAILS.
COX, A REPUBLICAN, SAYS THE PLAN IS "SERIOUSLY FLAWED" AND
"MYTHIC," AND ARGUES IT WOULD THREATEN THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC
AND POLICE OFFICERS.
A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, WHICH
DEVELOPED THE PLAN, RESPONDS THAT MICHIGAN HAS THE MIDWEST'S
HIGHEST PER-CAPITA PRISON INCARCERATION RATE AND SPENDS MORE ON
PRISONS THAN UNIVERSITIES.
THE PLAN WOULD AFFECT FUTURE CRIMINALS BY MAKING FELONIES INTO
MISDEMEANORS, REDUCING PENALTIES FOR OTHER FELONIES AND
RECLASSIFYING THE TIME SERVED FOR DRUG AND PROPERTY CRIMES.

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