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Implementation of Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration recommendations

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 first wave of legislation to implement those recommendations was released in June 2020. This first [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Clean Slate bill package presented to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee

On June 11, 2020 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee in support  of  HB  4980 -­ 85 & 5120 (2019)​​. Excerpt: Safe & Just Michigan supports all of the expungement reform bills being considered today, but my testimony today will focus on H.B. 4980--the “automatic [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on House Bill 5679

On May 13, 2020 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee​​ in opposition of House Bill (HB) 5679. SJM states in the written testimony "any replacement registry bill that does not ensure more are removed from the registry than added cannot make Michigan safer." Download>> Written Testimony HB 5679

The Problematic Division between Violent and Non-Violent Offenses

The division between violent and non-violent offenses has long been used in the criminal justice system, and subsequently, in the reform of the system. In recent years, there has been growing acknowledgement of the problems with this division and the limits of reform if we continue to hold on to this binary. This is important [...]

2020-05-04T12:19:00-04:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Safe & Just Michigan statement on COVID-19

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 [...]

2020-03-27T11:00:05-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Elderly, Jails, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2020 edition – newsletter released

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.

ACLU URGES OFFICIALS TO DEVELOP PROACTIVE COVID-19 PLANS FOR JAILS AND PRISONS

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 Voting Rights for Justice Involved People

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 [...]

Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration’s 18 Legislative Recommendations

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 [...]