The Michigan Parole Board is releasing inmates at a faster pace than any time in the last two decades to save the state money. Inmates are being released before serving their maximum sentence. However, prosecutors are appealing the decisions of the parole boards some people locked up instead of in the community.
Macomb and Oakland County prosecutor's offices have created Parole Appeals units to handle the appeals. Oakland County Prosecutor, Jessica Cooper, said these appeals are very hard cases to proceed with and very time-consuming. Often circuit court judges will side with the parole board decisions.
Department of Corrections officials say prosecutors exaggerate the dangers of early releases for easy political points. However, Macomb County prosecutor, Eric Smith, says "When you release these career criminals back onto the street, they pick up right where they left off."
Of the 13,000 inmates granted parole last year, less than 30 cases have been appealed. However Marlan expects the number to double this year.