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Leader of JustLeadershipUSA to speak at SJM’s annual dinner meeting

Safe & Just Michigan is proud to announce that DeAnna R. Hoskins, the president and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, will be our featured speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner Meeting. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 5:30 p.m, hosted at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Under DeAnna’s guidance, JustLeadershipUSA [...]

2019-06-13T14:39:32-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Topics|

Criminologist joins SJM team

Anne Mahar, Safe & Just Michigan’s research specialist, joined our team in 2019. She returned to Michigan, where she grew up, after teaching criminal justice at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. Anne said she went into teaching because she wants to bring about change in criminal justice reform — and she’s joining Safe & Just Michigan’s [...]

2019-05-30T15:47:52-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Introducing Veronica French! SJM’s new office manager

Safe & Just Michigan is pleased to welcome Veronica French onto our team as our office manager. Veronica comes to us from the Michigan State University Museum, where she worked as on collections assistant and then a member of the organization’s exhibits and administration team. In her new role, she’ll be, she’ll be working to [...]

2019-05-30T15:38:17-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Safe & Just Michigan welcomes new policy analyst

Safe & Just Michigan is excited to welcome Policy Analyst Josh Hoe to our team. Many of you may already know Josh from his work as an advocate for criminal justice reform and as the host of his podcast “Decarceration Nation.” He will be continuing that podcast while putting his expertise to use with us [...]

2019-05-28T16:04:39-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Gongwer article: Criminal Justice Reform A Shift From Tough-On-Crime Era Of ’80s, ’90s

A major policy shift on criminal justice laws is taking place, sweeping aside the tough-on-crime stances of the 1980s and 1990s and replacing it with an increased focus on rehabilitation, lowering recidivism and preparing offenders for life beyond a cell upon their release. Now, lawmakers are taking a step back and shifting from locking people [...]

Women in Prison: Fewer but growing

While Michigan has seen its overall prison population steadily fall over the past years, this not been the case for incarcerated women. It’s important to note that women still comprise a very small percentage of the state’s overall prison population — just 5.4 percent. Unlike the male population, which is spread out among nearly 30 [...]

2019-05-09T12:19:26-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

The power of story

We held a meeting with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness at the Heartside of Michigan United Way in Grand Rapids and each of our meeting guests took a few minutes to tell their stories. There was a 25-year-old young woman who had been in and out of prison on drug charges, and now needed to [...]

2019-04-04T16:38:29-04:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Trauma|

Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2019 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on ‘Clean Slate', a new SJM team member and analysis of data from the Michigan Department of Corrections. It provides updates on SJM outreach and educational efforts. Download>> SJM Spring 2019 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.