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SJM Testimony in support of Senate Bill 599 – Justin Counts

On June 18, 2024, Justin Counts, former Safe & Just Michigan development fellow, provided written testimony to the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 599. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to (1) focus on its core functions (instead of complex health care needs), (2) transition medically frail people into more appropriate [...]

SJM Testimony in support of Senate Bill 599

On June 18, 2024, Executive Director John S. Cooper and Policy Advocacy Manager Jazmine testified before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 599. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to (1) focus on its core functions (instead of complex health care needs), (2) transition medically frail people into more appropriate care, [...]

Medical Co-Pays in Prison Fact Sheet

There are a variety of health-related costs that incarcerated Michiganders are subjected to. Co-pays for medical, dental, and optometrical visits are just one type of cost. Health care co-pays in prison have two purposes: to decrease the cost of health care and to disincentivize the overuse of healthcare services. In actuality, co-pays are exploitive, counterproductive, [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2024 hard copy newsletter – Released!

Safe & Just Michigan sends this quarterly newsletter to over 600 incarcerated readers at the Michigan Department of Corrections. The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> SJM Spring 2024 Print Newsletter  Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a Michigan Department [...]

Clean Slate Year 3 Report Released – April 11, 2024

Safe & Just Michigan's report, “Clean Slate Year 3: The First Year of Automatic Expungements — Looking Back and Looking Ahead,” outlines both the successes and challenges encountered since Clean Slate became a reality in Michigan. Clean Slate widened the petition process for expungement on April 11, 2021, by making more convictions eligible for expungement [...]

Updated: Michigan’s Clean Slate Legislation FAQ Fact Sheet – April 5, 2024

On October 12, 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation into law. These seven bills — House Bill 4980-4985 and HB 5120 — automatically expunge simple misdemeanors and non-assaultive felonies from the records of hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who have lived crime-free for at least seven years, and make it possible for [...]

Written Statement in support Senate Bill 599

On March 21, 2024, the Michigan Senate Committee on Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety heard testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 599. Policy Advocacy Manager Jazmine Wells submitted written testimony to demonstrate support of the bill and urge committee members to do so as well. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to 1) focus [...]

Written Testimony in support of House Bill 4556-60

On March 19, 2024, the Michigan House Standing Committee on Criminal Justice heard testimony on House Bills (HB) 4556-60. Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to demonstrate support of the bills and urge committee members to do so as well. HB 4556-60 would create a process that could help make Michigan’s corrections system [...]

Medically Frail Reform (Senate Bill 599) Talking Points

Review the below talking points document to learn more about Medically Frail Reform (Senate Bill 599). Medically frail parole was passed with bipartisan support, with the support of the Michigan Department of Corrections and with a neutral stance from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan in 2019. Medically frail parole is reserved for people who [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Winter 2023 edition – newsletter released

Safe & Just Michigan sends this quarterly newsletter to over 600 incarcerated readers at the Michigan Department of Corrections. The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> Safe & Just Michigan Winter 2023 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a [...]