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Helping More Michigan Students Learn to Read

Campaign promises are likely not enough

Campaign promises are likely not enough more

Cities and Suburbs Should Grow Together

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs more

Let Markets and Innovation Drive Energy Efficiency

It matters how we get there

It matters how we get there more

Satisfaction With Outsourcing

Transportation Services

Custodial Services

Food Service

2018 Survey Results

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Introduction

New Jersey

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2018

This is the 16th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 70.5 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

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Conclusion

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Recommendations for Reform

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The Case for Bail Reform in Michigan

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Reforms in Other States

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How Bail Works

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Background

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How Bail Works in Michigan and Recommendations for Reform

Bail is the process by which criminal defendants secure their release while awaiting trial. It allows people who have been charged with a crime to be released from police custody. In recent years, the criminal justice system has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum because cash bail has come to be imposed on so many criminal defendants. Data increasingly indicate that releasing a defendant pretrial has a significant impact on his long-term prospects. It affects the defendant’s ability to retain his housing, employment, and child custody, the probability that he will go on to commit another crime and even the likelihood of a favorable legal outcome in his case.

Research has also revealed that the majority of jail inmates are legally innocent but are being detained because they cannot afford to bail out before and during their trial. This imposes large costs on local governments but provides no clear public safety benefit. Finally and most importantly, states with misguided pretrial release policies may infringe on defendants’ liberty interests, opening themselves up to litigation and the risk of an injustice. For these reasons, stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan should work to understand the purpose of bail and implement the best pretrial practices for respecting individual rights and public resources.

This report explains in detail how the bail process works and provides recommendations for reforming it in a way that benefits criminal defendants, the court system and taxpayers. more

Michigan Needs Bail Reform

New report outlines how to improve bail process to benefit defendants and the public

New report outlines how to improve bail process to benefit defendants and the public more

Money and Justice in West Michigan

Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success

Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success more

The State Budget is Larger Than $10 Billion

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes more
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Conclusion

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The Nuts and Bolts of Proposal 2*

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How Redistricting Works Now

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Proposal 2 of 2018: An Explainer and Key Arguments

This policy brief describes the history of redistricting and how it is currently practiced in Michigan and in other states. It also explains Proposal 2 and how redistricting would work if it is passed. Finally, it presents an equal number of arguments for and against the proposal.

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Business Subsidies, Online Voter Registration, Licensure Reform and More

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

“Giving Back Involves a Certain Amount of Giving Up”

This spring I was fortunate enough to begin the interview process for a coveted internship at the Mackinac Center. more

By the Numbers

Criminal Justice

Interview with a Supporter: J. C. Huizenga

Making Waves with the Mackinac Center

Our Legacy Society is Growing

David K. Felbeck

Introducing David Guenthner

Making an Impact Close to Home

Endnotes

Introduction

Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost more

Roads in Michigan: Quality, Funding and Recommendations

This study examines the funding and condition of Michigan’s roads and bridges and presents policy recommendations regarding them. The first section of this study describes the different types of roads in Michigan, which government entity is responsible for each type and their current estimated condition. The section after that explains how road funding works. The next section then discusses how public goods such as roads should be priced and funded, based on standard economic theory. It also attempts to measure the level to which Michigan’s roads are underpriced and underfunded. The final section concludes with some policy recommendations.

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Michigan Needs to Rethink How it Does Economic Development

Many companies pursue projects the right way

Many companies pursue projects the right way more

Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies

Most jobs are created without state support

Most jobs are created without state support more

Planning for Life Workshop – Farmington Hills

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

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