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Updated: Clean Slate FAQ Fact Sheet – July 6, 2021

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 [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2021 edition – newsletter released

Safe & Just Michigan sends this quarterly newsletter to approximately 540 incarcerated readers at the Michigan Department of Corrections. The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a recent Michigan Department of [...]

Testimony in support of House Bills 4219 & HB 4220 (DUI Expugement)

On April 15, 2021, John S. Cooper, executive director of Safe & Just Michigan, submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. SJM supports this package that will make first-time drunk driving eligible for expungement, and urges the Michigan Legislature to pass H.B. 4219-20. Download>> Testimony DUI Expungement Written Testimony Apr

Updated: Clean Slate FAQ Fact Sheet – April 7, 2021

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 [...]

Second Update: Clean Slate Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet

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 [...]

Bailing on Cash Bail

For those who don’t have money, they are stuck in jail, trying to fight their case and hold their lives together with a crazy glue made out of incapacitation, restricted access to a telephone, and the wreckage of whatever was left behind. - Joshua Hoe Getting arrested and going to jail turns your entire [...]

2021-02-25T13:27:53-05:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing, Topics, Trauma|

Updated: Clean Slate Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet

In October 2020, Safe & Just Michigan released a FAQ Fact Sheet after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation into law on October 12, 2020. 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 [...]

Coalition letter to Governor Whitmer and MDHHS urging vaccinations for incarcerated people

On January 13, 2021, Safe & Just Michigan joined a coalition of civil rights organizations that sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon. The letter urges the state to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for incarcerated people. Read the ACLU of Michigan's press release HERE. Download>> [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Senate Bill 1254

On December 8, 2020 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee​​ in support of Senate Bill (SB) 1254. Cooper states in the written testimony: Safe & Just Michigan supports S.B. 1254, which will make first-time convictions for drunk driving eligible for expungement, and urges the Michigan [...]

2020-12-08T10:38:45-05:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Reentry, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan Fall 2020 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities, and new SJM staff members. Download>> SJM Fall 2020 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a recent Michigan Department of Corrections mailroom policy, the newsletter was released in black and white.