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National Organization Hosts Training for Criminal Justice Impacted People

Safe & Just Michigan Policy Analyst Josh Hoe recently attended a two-day training in Detroit along with several other SJM staffers. These are his impressions of the event, hosted by JustLeadershipUSA. On July 20-21, Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) hosted a two-day emerging leader training in Detroit for justice-impacted people. Detroit represents the epicenter of an [...]

2019-08-13T11:17:50-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry|

Will we see you in Detroit Aug. 16?

We’re looking forward to seeing our friends at our Detroit Community Meeting on Aug. 16, and we hope you can make it. The Detroit Community Meeting is an opportunity to get to know others who are working to create change in Michigan’s criminal justice system, to connect you with direct service providers in the community [...]

2019-08-08T11:23:29-04:00August 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A Snapshot of Michigan’s Prison Population

Safe & Just Michigan acquired information from the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) last year. This data is a snapshot of everyone who was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections on October 30, 2018, so the information here may be different than our earlier blog describing [...]

2019-08-06T11:33:32-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Joint Task Force on Jails and Pretrial Incarceration Holds First Meeting in Detroit

In Michigan, the number of people and amount of time spent in our jails has been increasing despite historically significant declines in overall crime rates.  In 2017, Michigan taxpayers spent $478 million on county jail and corrections costs. To address this issue, in 2018, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, joined by a bipartisan group of state and [...]

2019-08-01T16:30:44-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Jails|

We need to see you in August

Want to connect with others who are ready to reform the criminal justice system? Interested in learning how to be a more effective communicator when you meet with your elected officials? Do you want to hear the latest updates on the work to bring Clean Slate legislation to Michigan? Get your calendar out, because there [...]

2019-07-30T16:34:27-04:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

Why support Clean Slate? Let’s count the reasons.

Looking for a reason to support Clean Slate legislation? There are many. The proposal to expand who is eligible for an expungement of their criminal record and to automate the process of those expungements has many supporters, including the business community, faith community, criminal justice reform researchers and reformers as well as people who have [...]

2019-07-25T11:57:15-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

Reflections on the Ending Perpetual Punishment Convening

Image is from the Sentencing Project’s Still Life report: Four members of the Safe & Just Michigan team attended the two-day convening on Ending Perpetual Punishment in Detroit on July 12-13. The aim was to bring together representatives from organizations who are actively trying to reduce life and long sentences, to discuss what [...]

2019-07-25T11:02:40-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Sentencing|

CJPC Discuss Changes to Michigan’s Habitual Statute

On July 10, the Criminal Justice Policy Commission held its monthly meeting, including a report from the PRV/Habitual Offender Subcommittee suggesting an amendment to Michigan’s habitual offender statute. Safe & Just Michigan supports changes to the Habitual Offender statute that would result in shorter sentences. One of the main drivers of mass incarceration is length [...]

2019-07-22T09:42:14-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Sentencing|

Gongwer article: Lawmakers Planning Reforms To How Convictions Can Be Set Aside

With the underutilization of the state's current expungement process – allowing those who qualify to set aside certain convictions, which helps with gaining employment and seeing higher wages – lawmakers are looking at a variety of changes, including making it automatic. Under current Michigan law, those with one felony and no more than two misdemeanor [...]

2019-07-24T08:02:24-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources|

Safe & Just Michigan Summer 2019 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities, and new SJM staff members. Download>> SJM Summer 2019 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.