Thursday, January 14, 2010
Michigan Public Radio reports Governor Granholm commuted sentence for 57 prisoners last year and almost half of them went to drug felons (some of which were serving life sentences under a now-repealed law). "Medical reasons" were cited in 16 cases. It is reported that the corrections department believes the "stepped-up pace" of commuted sentences "reflects Governor Granholm's desire to reduce prison costs and bring Michigan's sentencing policies in line with other states." See story here.