- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Attorney General Bill Schuette and other law enforcers are opposing “presumptive” parole for prisoners who’ve served their minimum sentence and aren’t deemed a public safety threat.

Gov. Rick Snyder backs the concept that was the subject of a legislative hearing Tuesday. The legislation would change parole rules so inmates are released after serving their minimum sentence if there’s a “high probability” for release.

The parole board could still decide against parole for “substantial and compelling” reasons. Michigan has 1,900 prisoners who meet the criteria for presumptive parole but remain incarcerated.

Schuette says the bill forces the release of “violent criminals.” County prosecutors and sheriffs also are in opposition.

Schuette says he supports expanding an intensive probation program and requiring transparency from police who seize people’s property without charges being filed.

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