The Michigan State Legislature passed on Monday (Jan. 4) a set of laws that will significantly reshape the state’s probation and parole system.
SB 1048, SB 1050 and SB 1051 were all advocated for by Meek Mill and Jay-Z's criminal justice reform organization REFORM Alliance. The new laws will reduce adult felony probation sentences in Michigan from five years to three years, prevent endless extensions on misdemeanor and felony probation terms, limit jail sanctions for technical probation violations and require parole supervision terms to be tailored to a person’s individualized risks and needs.
Michigan had the sixth highest rate of probation supervision in the country. Now that Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bills into law, Michigan is on pace to decrease the state's overall caseloads by 8.4 percent.