WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE
ZERO TOLERANCE GUN POLICY
State, Local, and Federal Law enforcement agencies are working together to target and aggressively pursue offenders possessing guns.
The Michigan Department of Corrections “Zero Gun Tolerance” policy is part of a statewide effort to eliminate gun violence in Michigan.
WHAT IS THE PAROLE ZERO GUN TOLERANCE POLICY?
Any Parolee found guilty of owning or possessing a firearm, having a firearm under his/her control, or being in the company of a person that the parolee knows to possess a firearm will be returned to prison for the remainder of their prison sentence or at least 5 years, whichever is greater. In addition, the parolee will be referred to the United States Attorney or county prosecutor for prosecution.
WHAT IS THE PROBATION ZERO GUN TOLERANCE POLICY?
Any probationer found owning or possessing a firearm, having a firearm under his/her control, or being in the company of a person that the probationer know to possess a firearm will have the maximum penalty allowed by law or at least a 5 year minimum sentence recommended to the court, whichever is greater.
DOES THIS AFFECT ME?
The Zero Tolerance Gun Policy affects every offender that is currently on parole or probation. “Zero Tolerance” means that there will be no exceptions. If you are on parole on probation you are affected.
BUT I’M ON PROBATION OR PAROLE FOR A NON-VIOLENT CRIME!
Every offender currently on Probation or Parole, regardless of their prior criminal history, is subject to this policy. The message is clear, stay away from guns.
WHAT ABOUT GUNS AND VEHICLES?
You must be especially careful about driving vehicles that you don’t own or riding with friends or family members. If there is a gun anywhere in the vehicle, or in possession of anyone in the vehicle, you are in violation.
MY BROTHER HAS A PERMIT TO CARRY A GUN. THAT’S O.K., RIGHT?
No. You cannot be in the company of any person that you know to possess a gun. It doesn’t matter whether they possess the gun legally or not.
MY GRANDMOTHER KEEPS A GUN UNDER HER COUCH FOR PROTECTION, THAT’S O.K., ISN’T IT?
No. You cannot be in the company of any person that you know to possess a gun. It doesn’t matter why they possess the gun.
HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I AM FOLLOWING THE RULES?
Simple. Stay away from guns. Whether at home, work, in a car, or hanging out with friends, make sure that everyone knows that you cannot be around guns. Ask for their help in staying “gun free”.
I’M A FAMILY MEMBER, DOES THIS AFFECT ME?
Absolutely! Your loved one needs the help and support of his/her family members. Your support will help the parolee or probationer stay out of prison. Remember, owning, possessing or controlling, or being in the company of someone that possesses a gun could send your loved one to prison for 5 years.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Create “gun free zones” wherever the parolee or probationer will be. Remove all guns from any residence that the parolee or probationer will be living at or visiting. Make sure everyone knows that your home is a “gun free zone”. Make sure that any vehicle that the parolee or probationer rides in does not contain any guns. It doesn’t matter whether the gun is in a glove box, under the seat, or in the trunk, so make sure that any vehicle that the parole or probationer rides in is a “gun free zone”. Make sure that family members do not carry guns on their person. Even if you have a permit to carry a gun, the parolee or probationer will be in violation of this policy if they are in your company. Make sure that friends and acquaintances also follow these recommendations. Remember that your actions could send your loved one back to prison for 5 years.
I’M JUST A FRIEND, WHY SHOULD I CARE?
If you are really a friend, you can help your friend stay out of prison b helping him/her stay away from guns.
O.K. HOW CAN I HELP MY FRIEND STAY OUT OF PRISON?
Read and follow the “How can I Help?” advice under the ‘FAMILY’ section above. Also, let your other friends know what they can do to help the parolee or probationer stay “gun free”. Remind your friend that “zero gun tolerance” means: