Petition: Allow Incarcerated Michiganders to Earn Time Off Sentences


A prospective ballot initiative in Michigan would allow people in prison to earn time off their sentences through work training, earning a college degree or participating in anger-management or drug-treatment programs.

The Good Time Initiative would mean earning credit toward completion of a person's sentence or the time until they'd be eligible for parole.

Machelle Pearson was sentenced to life without parole in Michigan when she was 17. She was released in 2018 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that indiscriminately sentencing juveniles to life terms is unconstitutional. Pearson said the ab...

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