Hosted by: Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Michigan's population has grown slightly more than 10 percent since 1973, but its incarceration rate has increased more than 500 percent. The result is roughly 40,000 additional prisoners, costing taxpayers more than $28,000 each per year.

Are there alternatives that would save money and preserve public safety? Alvin J. Bronstein, director emeritus of the National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation, suggests alternative sentencing options that have succeeded in Canada, other states and elsewhere.

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