Lansing, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Nonviolent inmates would be up for release from prison once they’ve served their minimum sentence under legislation supported by an Upper Michigan lawmaker that has passed in the Michigan House.
State Representative Ed McBroom pushed for passage of the bill saying people are overstaying their welcome in the state’s prisons because the parole board is keeping some people in prison too long.
The Dickinson County Republican says keeping inmates in prison until their serve their maximum sentence – regardless of the crime – is costing the state a lot of money.
However, fellow U.P. State Representative Scott Dianda, who voted against the bill says that’s not a good reason to pass the bill.
The Calumet Democrat says saving money should never trump safety. The legislation now moves to the Michigan Senate.