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People Serving their First or Second Prison Term

Why it Matters: Over 80% of people entering prison per year come on their first or second prison term. As a point of reference, both first term and second term figures are shown below. A declining rate or number in this area means we are utilizing a larger percentage of prison beds for more habitual criminals who have not taken advantage of rehabilitative programs in the past. Lower figures here indicate we are doing a better job preventing people from entering the corrections system, thereby enhancing public safety and breaking the cycle of crime.
 
People Serving their First or Second Prison Term
MI
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
First prison term
6,558
7,491
6,753
6,216
6,375
6,904
6,593
5,773
5,512
5,574
5,330
5,415
5,736
68%
68%
65%
63%
62%
62%
62%
59%
59%
61%
61%
61%
62%
Second prison term
1,807
2,057
2,032
1,984
2,119
2,397
2,250
2,141
1,967
1,896
1,861
1,908
1,931
19%
19%
20%
20%
21%
22%
21%
22%
21%
21%
21%
21%
21%

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Michigan Department of Corrections
Updated annually in January


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