The American Friends Service Committee and MI-CURE have been working for several years to improve the parole system in Michigan.
Using the cases of individual prisoners, we have tried to understand the current parole guidelines and clarify the general parole process. In doing so, we have tried our best to help people navigate the complicated parole process. In other cases, we have suggested that a person should work on certain areas to improve his or her parole readiness. Meanwhile, we have advocated for improvements in the parole process. We will continue to advocate for those improvements.
After reviewing the cases of hundreds of prisoners, however, we have concluded that advocating in individual cases is not always effective. We are convinced that if people in prison and their loved ones have a clear understanding of how the parole process works, they can have far more impact than we can alone. Therefore, we felt the need to clearly explain the process so that more people can adequately advocate for themselves. Furthermore, we need the input of prisoners and their loved ones if we are to really improve the Michigan parole system.
Check out our booklet on how to navigate through the Michigan parole process, which will provide great detail on how the parole and commutation processes work for both lifers and non-lifers in Michigan, and how to prepare for a parole or commutation hearing:
If your concern is with getting Assaultive Offender Programming, Violence Prevention Program, other cognitive program, or Sex Offender Programming in order to increase your chances for parole, please see the category Access to Programming.