Testimony on Michigan’s Second Look Sentencing Act

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D. submitted testimony before the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee in support of the Second Look Sentencing Act.

Related to: Sentencing Reform, State Advocacy

House Bills 4556 – 4560, which would allow sentence reviews for those who have served 10 years or longer, are data-driven public safety reforms that would would help Michigan make a much-needed course correction. Almost one-third of Michigan’s prison population has already served at least 10 years—a higher proportion than the national average. Given that racial disparities increase with sentence length, House Bills 4556 – 4560 would also set Michigan towards a path of correcting the disproportionate imposition of lengthy sentences on its Black citizens.

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