In these are trying and uncertain times, we at Safe & Just Michigan want you to know that we are working to limit the impact of COVID-19 on people in Michigan's jails and prisons, to keep the public up-to-date on what is being done, and to support advocacy for diversion and decarceration both during the [...]
The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities, and new SJM staff members. Download>> SJM Newsletter Spring 2020 Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU), together with Safe & Just Michigan and the American Friends Service Committee, are urging the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the state’s 83 county sheriffs to protect the health of the people in their custody and their staff by adopting proactive, evidence-based plans to appropriately prevent [...]
Michigan grants voting rights to most people otherwise qualified to vote regardless of their criminal record. The only people ineligible to vote based on a criminal record are people who are currently incarcerated and serving a sentence. That means that that people who match the following descriptions ARE ELIGIBLE to vote: People who are formerly incarcerated People [...]
In January 2020, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration issued a list of 18 legislative action items that — if enacted — could revolutionize Michigan’s county jails and the lives of the people who come into contact with them. The task force drafted their recommendations after holding six meetings across Michigan. Testimony was gathered from [...]
Officials with government agencies and private organizations told stakeholders at a Thursday summit that by working together they can better help more formerly incarcerated individuals get back on their feet and lead more productive lives. More funding, whether from government or private sources, would also help according to those sitting on a panel during the [...]
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Legislation that would allow more people to set-aside qualifying crimes from their records and allow some people to see it happen automatically after 10 years was reported by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bills (HB 4980, HB 4981, HB 4982, HB 4983, HB 4984, HB 4985 and HB 5120) mostly moved on 12-1 votes with Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) voting no. [...]
In a move not common with former Attorney Generals, AG Dana NESSEL personally appeared before the House's Judiciary Committee today to support legislation widening the universe of reformed offenders who can get convictions expunged off their records. The Democratic Attorney General wasn't just making a courtesy call. She didn't read off a sheet of talking points and [...]
On September 24, 2019 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in Support of HB 4980-‐85 (2019). Safe & Just Michigan supports all of the expungement reform bills and the focus of the testimony is on HB 4980 – the automatic expungement, or “clean slate” bill. Michigan already has [...]