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Meet our new social work intern Lucas Day

Lucas Day is still learning. A graduate from the Michigan State school of journalism and now a student pursuing a master’s degree in social work degree from MSU, Lucas has learned more through his interviews with the people he’s writing about than anywhere else. “I feel like my perspective is always shifting,” Lucas said. “The [...]

2022-09-30T14:33:07-04:00September 30th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry|

Meet Safe & Just Michigan’s New Senior Research Specialist Cassie Larrieux

Cassie Larrieux is comfortable with data. She can talk about ratios and intervals or qualitative and quantitative information like most people can talk about what was on television last night or who won the big game. But for all that, Larrieux never loses sight of what those numbers truly show — the people whose stories [...]

2022-06-29T13:38:53-04:00June 29th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Trauma|

Why Restoring Good Time is Good Policy

For most of its history, Michigan had a generous, progressive “good time” system that reduced a prisoner’s parole eligibility date for every month they did not receive a citation for misconduct. (See: Barbara Levine, Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending, “10,000 Fewer Michigan Prisoners: Strategies to Reach the Goal” (June 2015) at pg. 76, [...]

2022-03-21T14:58:08-04:00March 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Reentry, Sentencing|

A Day in the Life of a Community Engagement Specialist

One of the most rewarding things about working for criminal justice reform is getting people interested in transforming our court and prison systems and watching the momentum for change build, both in Michigan and nationwide. So, when I got a call from Sean Wilkinson, a reporter and videographer from San Francisco who is representing the [...]

What Caused Michigan’s Prison Population to Fall 12% in One Year?

Michigan’s prison population dropped by a drastic 11.7% between 2019 and 2020, driven by an effort to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections 2020 Statistical Report. While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer turned down requests to accelerate parole efforts during the pandemic, another decision of hers did lead to the sharp decrease [...]

2022-02-24T04:28:44-05:00February 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

Help for incarceration-related childhood trauma

We have long understood that incarceration of a parent can be traumatizing for a child — something we know from both peer-reviewed research and anecdotal evidence. Sadly, 1 in 10 children in Michigan have experienced having a parent in jail or prison, according to a 2016 study from the Annie E. Casey foundation. Children with [...]

2021-11-17T20:09:31-05:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Juveniles, Mental health, Trauma|

Meet new Clean Slate Program Manager Kamau Sandiford

One of the harder jobs Kamau Sandiford has ever had was telling people that Michigan’s expungement law didn’t allow them to expunge their criminal record. As the staff attorney of Cooley Law School’s Access to Justice Clinic, it was something he used to do often. Then, Clean Slate happened. Now, with Michigan’s expungement laws newly [...]

2021-10-27T12:12:45-04:00October 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Reentry|