Lawmakers are considering giving judges more discretion in sentencing related to some crimes and making house arrest an option for them and Department of Corrections officials.
Under existing state law, a theft of more than $500 in property value is a felony. That threshold increases to $1,000 or $1,500 under the two companion bills in the House and Senate. Doing so would allow judges to sentence more non-violent offenders on misdemeanor charges, lessening the likelihood of prison time.
Both bills also would allow judges and MDOC discretion to place low-risk, nonviolent offenders on intense supervision, commonly referred to as house arrest.