NOTE: The Michigan Supreme Court struck down portions of the sentencing guidelines as unconstitutional and declared the guidelines advisory, rather than mandatory. People v Lockridge, ___ Mich ___ (2015). The documents on this page have been updated, as necessary, to reflect this change. MJI's Criminal Proceedings Benchbook, Vol. 2, Chapter 3, contains a comprehensive discussion of felony sentencing, Lockridge, and its progeny.
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