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HB 5377 - Amends Prison Parole Laws - Michigan Key Vote


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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Prison Parole Laws

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (31-4) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends Prison Parole Laws

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Vote to pass a bill that amends prison parole laws.



  • Requires the parole board to provide objective, evidence-based reasons for denial of parole (Sec. 33).

  • Limits objective reasons to the following circumstances, including, but not limited to (Sec. 33):

    • A prisoner exhibits behavior that indicates a potential risk to public safety;

    • A prisoner refuses to participate in required programs intended to reduce his/her risk; or

    • A prisoner threatens to harm another person upon release.

  • Authorizes the parole board to defer parole for up to 1 year to allow for completion of programming intended to reduce a prisoner’s risk to public safety (Sec. 33).

  • Requires the parole board to annually report information regarding the number of prisoners denied parole to Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives (Sec. 33).

  • Specifies that there is no entitlement to parole (Sec. 35).

  • Requires the parole board to provide a prisoner with a written explanation of the reason for denial of parole (Sec. 35).

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (97-10) -

Title: Amends Prison Parole Laws

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends Prison Parole Laws


  • Stephanie Chang (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gary Glenn (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Klint Kesto (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter J. Lucido (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dave Pagel (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
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