Barbara Wieland

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A Discussion on Ending Counterproductive Criminal Penalties

The final report of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration found that most arrests in Michigan are for misdemeanors that harmed no one. Research shows police squander many hours and large amounts of taxpayer dollars to arrest, book and jail people for these minor offenses. For that reason, the task force recommended [...]

2020-06-09T17:37:44-04:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Jails, Sentencing|

An Evidence-Based Discussion to End the Sex Offender Registry

There are more than 44,000 people on Michigan’s bloated sex offender registry — more people than are incarcerated inside Michigan prisons — and this number grows yearly. For more than 90 percent of people on this list, registration is for 25 years to life. While there is a process to petition for removal from the [...]

2020-06-03T16:56:32-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Mental health, Parole, Recidivism, Reentry, Sex offenses|

How Michigan compares to other states on COVID-19 in prison

Michigan has one of the worst epidemics of COVID-19 in prisons in the country, both in terms of the number of people infected and the number of people who have died of a COVID-19-related illness. The Marshall Project has been tracking how many people incarcerated in prisons in each state have been impacted by the coronavirus. Here's [...]

2020-05-27T20:00:01-04:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Blacklisted: The evidence-based reasons to end the sex offender registry

(Please note that portions of this blog use legislative and legal terms that aren’t Safe & Just Michigan’s preferred terminology. Safe & Just Michigan prefers to use humanizing person-first terms. However, as this post deals with pending legislation and existing laws, we are referring to them by their names for the sake of clarity.) Sex [...]

2020-05-25T22:23:17-04:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Sex offenses|

Meet Rick Speck, Safe & Just Michigan’s New Community Engagement Specialist

For Rick Speck, the process of change relies heavily on role models — both having one and being one. While he was incarcerated, it was the presence of good role models that led Speck, now Safe & Just Michigan’s community engagement specialist, to turn his life around. Once that happened, he realized that he had [...]

2020-04-30T11:48:49-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Prison programs, Reentry|

The Need to Push Further and the Wall of Truth in Sentencing

The COVID-19 crisis presents an unprecedented challenge to our country that touches on all aspects of our society, including the criminal justice system. Knowing that there is broad public support for protecting incarcerated people in Michigan prisons will help us advise state decision-makers, and helps those elected leaders feel confident as they make their choices. [...]

2020-04-23T14:32:51-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Reentry|

Evidence for Public Support for Decarceration amid Covid-19

The COVID-19 crisis presents an unprecedented challenge to our country that touches on all aspects of our society, including the criminal justice system. Knowing that there is broad public support for taking steps to protect incarcerated people in Michigan prisons will help us advise state decision-makers, and helps those elected leaders feel confident as they [...]

2020-04-01T15:27:04-04:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Join us for a VIRTUAL Day of Empathy

It has been a difficult few weeks full of changes and challenges for all of us, We want to send our best wishes to you, your friends, and to your family during these trying times. One helpful things to do during a crisis is to keep connected and maintain a sense purpose. That’s why we’re [...]

Kicking the habit: How habitual offender enhancements are applied by degree and crime group

(This is the second post in a series Safe & Just Michigan is running on Michigan’s habitual offender laws. Other posts include: Can my sentence be used against me and more to be written as the series continues.) At Safe & Just Michigan, we generally use human-centered language. However, to keep technical concepts clear in [...]

2020-03-11T04:36:17-04:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

Breaking the cycle of trauma and prison

(Please note: the following blog post contains the reflections of formerly incarcerated people in their own words, and it covers material that is emotionally sensitive such as rape and gun violence.)   Daniel Jones’ life changed forever when his parents separated when he was just a young boy. Up to then, he felt secure and [...]