The Craig Fahle Show

Michigan Prisoners Serve More Time Than Others

Monday, June 18, 2012

New FBI statistics list Flint #1 and Detroit #2 for violent crimes per capita. The numbers come on the heals of a recent PEW study looking at time served for prisoners across the country.

The data spans two decades. It shows that average time served in the U.S. for all crimes increased by 36% but for Michigan it increased 79%. For crimes involving assault, the Michigan time served increase jumps to 97%. According to Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending or CAPPS, Michigan has the longest length of stay of ALL states with prisoners here serving nearly 17 months longer than the national average. But Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Sauter says there are reasons why Michigans numbers appear skewed.

WDET's Amy Miller spoke with CAPPS Executive Director, Barbara Levine about the conclusions her organization has drawn from the PEW report.