Criminal Justice Policy Initiative

The Criminal Justice Policy Initiative is dedicated to producing high quality research and timely analysis of criminal justice policy issues in Michigan. The Initiative examines the three major criminal justice institutions — law enforcement agencies, the court system, and the corrections department — to help stakeholders make sound decisions about public safety.

This work would not be possible without our generous donors. For information about the Mackinac Center and our benefits please visit our membership page.

Latest Articles

Mackinac Center Applauds Gov. Snyder’s ‘Outside the Box’ Reforms

Reforms expand economic opportunities for Michigan citizens seeking a second chance … more

Prisons Are Not a Jobs Program

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary … more

Coping with the Growing Number of Felons in Michigan

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year … more

Michigan’s Trial Courts Have a Major Funding Problem

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet … more

Three Important Criminal Justice Reform Opportunities for 2018

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform … more

Can Technology Help Predict Crime and Flight Risk?

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society … more

New Evidence Suggests Harsher Sentences Don’t Always Deter More Crime

MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach … more

Where Michigan Stands on Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy … more

Mackinac Center’s Forfeiture Expertise Cited

New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights … more