By Kyle Feldscher . . .
Almost none of the Michigan homicide and sex offenders paroled during a 39-month period between 2007 and early 2010 returned to prison for a similar offense during a three-year span, according to a study released Monday.
The report released by Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending was released as a part of CAPPS on-going effort to get reforms to Michigan’s criminal sentencing process passed before the end of the legislative calendar later this month.
According to the report, titled “Paroling people who committed serious crimes: What is the actual risk?,” 99 percent of prisoners who were convicted of a homicide (second-degree murder or manslaughter) or a sexual assault offense did not return to prison for a similar crime within three years of being paroled. Of the 820 homicide offenders, two returned to prison for a new homicide and of the 4,109 sex offenders paroled, 32 returned to prison for a new sex offense.
“People who commit homicides or sex offenses have extremely low re-offense rates overall and almost never return to prison for committing a new crime of the same type,” the report stated. “The fact that someone committed a very serious offense in the past does not mean they are currently a risk to the public.” (See mLIVE.com for full article)