Michigan prisons

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed laws letting Michigan release seriously ill and incapacitated prisoners early by having them treated at nursing homes or hospitals instead.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering a comprehensive review of Michigan's jail and pretrial incarceration system, saying the status quo "isn't working."

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Michigan Dept. of Corrections

A man serving a life sentence in the death of his estranged wife led authorities to where he buried her body in Michigan eight years ago in exchange for an Xbox, according to authorities.

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A new law will codify clearer guidelines that the Michigan Parole Board has been following when it considers whether to release prisoners considered to be low risks to re-offend.

Ex-Offenders Can Vote In Michigan

Aug 7, 2018
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A prison reform advocacy group says formerly incarcerated people do have the right to vote in Michigan.

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A Michigan inmate's book that was published this summer is raising questions as to whether a prison writer should profit from tragedy.

$50M Lawsuit Filed Following Death Of Michigan Inmate

Oct 4, 2017
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A $50 million lawsuit has been filed following the death of a Michigan prison inmate who collapsed after complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. 

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A State Police report says a drone that sneaked contraband into a Michigan prison in May went undetected for nearly two months.

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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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The first Michiganders to be arrested for smuggling contraband into a prison via drone were arraigned this week. Now some lawmakers want tougher laws when it comes to flying drones near prisons. 


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New rules at the Michigan Department of Corrections ban inmates from receiving mail with homemade greeting cards, perfume or lipstick kisses.

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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.

A Michigan man who spent four decades in prison for the 1975 killing of a woman in Detroit has been released because prosecutors are no longer confident in the hair evidence used to convict him.

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"Pathways to Prison" airs Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. on WKAR-TV. It takes an in-depth look at several reasons that lead to 41,000 people incarcerated in Michigan, the most in the midwest. 


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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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