A proposal from Michigan Democrats to enable the early release of prisoners has been temporarily suspended due to internal party opposition and legal uncertainties.
The bill, designed to permit eligible inmates to reduce up to 20 percent of their minimum prison sentences by successfully completing educational or vocational programs, had been slated for a joint hearing by the House Criminal Justice Committee and the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety Committee. However, it was removed from the agenda.
A news conference to discuss the legislation was also indefinitely postponed.
reports the decision to halt the legislation coincides with concerns expressed by Republican lawmakers and Attorney General Dana Nessel, who worry that lighter sentencing could potentially retraumatize victims and place excessive burdens on the court system.