Barbara Wieland

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A Discussion on Creating Business Beyond Barriers

People who have been incarcerated routinely struggle with employment barriers, including a jobless rate that hovered around 25 percent before the COVID-19 crisis hit, according to the Prison Policy Institute.  Faced with unemployment rates the nation has not seen since the Great Depression and employer policies tilted against hiring people with a criminal record, thousands of [...]

2020-09-13T20:41:10-04:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Reentry|

The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform

Michigan has often struggled to find people qualified to fill certain jobs, such as skilled trades workers and health care professionals. Licensing laws that are structured to prohibit anyone with a criminal past from obtaining a requisite license and screening questions on job applications that rule out anyone with a conviction have deepened the skills [...]

2020-08-04T13:32:39-04:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Diversion, Recidivism, Reentry|

First bills from Jails Task Force report reach state legislature

The recommendations of the Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration are getting ready to officially start their move through the Michigan Legislature next week. When people ask me about the best ways to address over-incarceration I usually with the question: “Do you mean in jails or in prisons?” Jails house people who are [...]

2020-07-17T15:50:59-04:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Jails, Sentencing, Substance abuse|

Pull up a seat at the Criminal Justice CAFE

I had been looking forward to this great opportunity as the new community engagement specialist at Safe & Just Michigan. Then, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put the state under shelter in place status the day after my first day on the job.  I couldn’t help but think about how exactly I could engage the community during [...]

A Discussion on Driver’s License Revocations

The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration identified the suspension of driver’s licenses for reasons that have nothing to do with unsafe driving as one of the major drivers in Michigan’s jail growth over the past few decades. In 2018, nearly 358,000 people lost their driver’s license for reasons that had nothing [...]

2020-06-24T19:19:11-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Jails, Sentencing|

MDOC Presentation on Prison Population Decreases due to Covid-19

On Tuesday, June 9, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections held a meeting to discuss the prison population and the Michigan Department of Corrections’ response to the Covid-19 crisis. However, due to pending litigation, the review of the MDOC’s response to Covid-19 is delayed until a future meeting. What can’t be delayed or denied is [...]

2020-06-19T16:06:26-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|