Michigan House approves bill to parole inmates after minimum sentence

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By: Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation designed to keep certain prisoners from being locked up beyond their minimum sentence unless the parole board has compelling reasons.

A bill approved 67-39 Thursday by the Republican-led House gives parole officials less leeway to keep inmates longer. The “presumptive parole” measure applies only to prisoners deemed to have a “high probability” of release, which means they have a low risk of reoffending and pose no high risk to public safety.

There are about 1,900 inmates who currently meet the criteria. But the legislation only applies to future prisoners.

Supporters say the bill would help curtail high corrections spending and provide certainty to prisoners, victims and policymakers. Law enforcement officials such as Attorney General Bill Schuette say the measure would put the public at risk.