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Prison sentencing guidelines under review

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan lawmakers are considering comprehensive prison sentencing reforms.

According to a 2012 national Pew Charitable Trust study, Michigan leads the nation in average time served by inmates at just over four years.  That’s 48-percent higher than the U.S. average of 2.9-years.

Some believe the reforms are partly driven by a desire to reduce the Corrections Department budget, which is over two-billion dollars.  Michigan lawmakers approved stricter sentencing policies in 1998.

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