In Michigan, 41,000 people are in state prison and of those, 5,121 are currently serving life sentences. Many of them could be contributing socially and economically to the state of Michigan.
Commutations are usually granted for good behavior or to soften an unreasonably harsh sentence. By changing the punishment for worthy prisoners who made poor decision decades ago in their past, we CAN safely alleviate the number of these individuals now serving in our state correctional facilities.
Changing the Narrative: The Case for Commutations in Michigan video gave a face to the prisoners who received commutations after being charged with life sentences. Many of the released prisoners have gone back to school, worked hard to get good jobs, and started families. Without being given the opportunity, these people would still be in prison unable to use their talents.
Check out the full video here!