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Reviving war on drugs could carry big costs in Michigan

July 6, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to reverse Obama policies in federal prosecutions that he views as soft on drugs. Doing so, though, could increase costs. A similar tough-on-crime approach in Michigan would reverse years of inmate declines. 

The cash-bond system has served the country since 1835. It’s finally time for a change.

June 9, 2017 | Robert Ficano

For indigent defendants awaiting trial, a $1,000 bond might as well be all the money in the world, turning county jails into debtors’ prisons. Data points to a better way.