Finding the Path to a
$1.5 Billion Corrections Budget

A Symposium for Policymakers and Stakeholders

On March 17, 2011, the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC) and the Center for Michigan co-sponsored a public policy symposium entitled “Finding the Path to a $1.5 Billion Corrections Budget”. The Michigan Department of Corrections appropriation is currently $2 billion. It consumes nearly 25 percent of the overall General Fund budget. The purpose of the symposium was to present attendees with a wealth of unbiased, non-partisan and factual information about how the MDOC appropriation is allocated, how it affects the overall state budget and what options exist for reducing it. The information was intended to serve as a foundation for forthcoming policy and budget discussions.

The symposium, held at the Lansing Center, included presentations from the co-sponsoring organizations, budget experts, the business community and stakeholder groups. It was by invitation-only and did not include media. The following is the program with links to the materials provided.


Sponsoring Organizations

     Brief Descriptions


Welcome/Why We Are Here – John Bebow, The Center for Michigan

     Memo to Governor-Elect Snyder’s Transition Team from Corrections Reform Coalition

     Center for Michigan Special Report: Why Michigan prison costs keep growing

     Center for Michigan Special Report: Learning from prison cuts in other states


Corrections Spending in Context: Historical and Comparative Trends – Jeff Guilfoyle, Citizens Research Council of Michigan

     Slide Presentation

CRC Report 350 — Growth in Michigan’s Corrections System: Historical and Comparative Perspectives


Deconstructing the MDOC Budget – Bob Schneider, House Fiscal Agency

     Slide Presentation


Personnel Matters: Where the Big Money Is – Craig Thiel, Citizens Research Council of Michigan

     Slide Presentation


Strategies for Safely Reducing the Prisoner Population – Barbara Levine, CAPPS

     Strategies for Safely Reducing the Prisoner Population

     CAPPS Report: Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy?


The Role of Prisoner Re-Entry – Phillip Weaver, Hope Network

     Slide Presentation


Operating Efficiencies: Issues and Caveats – Natalie Holbrook, American Friends Service Committee’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program and Ron Crabtree, MetaOps, Inc.

     Holbrook: Operating Efficiencies: Potential Savings

     Crabtree: Operational Excellence Overview



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