Clean Slate captures media headlines in Michigan

On Sept. 9, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced Clean Slate legislation to Michigan. If passed, this legislation will be crucial in helping people who have a criminal record and who have lived crime-free for years. This package of legislation would increase the number of these people who would become eligible for an expungement, [...]

2019-09-11T16:06:08-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Parole, Racial equity, Recidivism, Reentry|

When jails have a revolving door

The Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration will meet again later this month, and the members need to hear from more people who have been directly impacted by the justice system at the county level. People who have been incarcerated in county jails, or who have loved ones who have been in jails, [...]

2019-09-09T16:26:05-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Jails, Mental health, Racial equity, Recidivism, Substance abuse|

The high cost of jail and pre-trial incarceration in Michigan

Now that the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration has started to meet, you will likely start to hear more about topics such as pay-to-stay, cash bail reform and jail diversion programs. The purpose of the task force is to draft recommendations that will guide the Legislature as it looks for ways [...]

2019-08-29T17:38:43-04:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Diversion, Jails, Mental health|

Traverse City Hosts the Second Meeting of the Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration

More than 70 people were in attendance for the second meeting of the Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration which was held in Traverse City on Aug. 23, 2019. The Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration was created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and Speaker of the [...]

2019-08-27T12:13:03-04:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Jails, Mental health|

Factors that Impact Michigan’s Prison Population

This is the second in a series of blogs related to understanding who is incarcerated in Michigan prisons, why they are incarcerated, and for how long. The first blog addressed the first part of the question, of who is in prison; this blog is a general overview of the factors that impact Michigan prison population. [...]

2019-08-22T15:22:18-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing|

Ending never-ending punishment: your participation needed

Hakim Crampton is the statewide organizer for a national nonprofit organization, JustLeadershipUSA, that helps formerly incarcerated people find their voice and become strong advocates for criminal justice reform. Monica Jahner was recently appointed by the governor to Michigan’s Jail and Pre-Trial Task Force, where she will help draft recommendations on how our state can make [...]

2019-08-21T12:29:11-04:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry|

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|