New state budget asks MDOC to reduce fees and fines

Throughout the week, Michigan's lawmakers have been hard at work finalizing a state budget for next year. That budget is now complete, and it has some promising implications for people working for criminal justice reform. This budget season, Safe & Just Michigan and partner organizations throughout the state embarked on a campaign to provide much-needed [...]

Inside Voices – May 2024

View on criminal justice in Michigan It is my belief, from having initiated five requests for commutation of my sentence, that the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) parole board is invested in purposefully interfering in all requests for commutation filed by those prisoners serving a natural life sentence, e.g., a life sentence without the possibility [...]

Michigan’s prison population on the rise again — barely

Michigan’s prison population nudged upward again for the first time in a decade, reversing a trend of rapidly falling headcounts inside prisons operated by the Michigan Department of Corrections. According to the figures recently published in the MDOC’s 2022 Statistical Report, there were 32,374 people incarcerated in Michigan prisons at the end of 2022, up [...]

2024-02-29T17:46:36-05:00February 29th, 2024|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Lifers, Sentencing|

Inside Voices – January 2024

Rethink felony murder Recently the U.S. Supreme Court and the Michigan Supreme Court have both acknowledged that life without parole sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree premeditated murder is unconstitutional, and cruel or unusual punishment. Yet, Michigan continues sentencing felony murder aider and abettors to mandatory life without parole where the defendants did not kill, [...]

2024-01-29T21:25:46-05:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry, Sentencing, Trauma|

Meet Community Engagement Fellow Nealmetria Loper

Thirteen years ago, Nealmetria Loper came to a reckoning in her life. After living in a Detroit neighborhood that was troubled by violence and poverty, she decided she wanted better for her own children — and other children living in the city. Loper — one of two Safe & Just Michigan Community Outreach Fellows— already knew [...]

2023-11-28T14:23:54-05:00November 28th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry|

Meet new Community Engagement Fellow Ceci Bordayo

Ceci Bordayo has many notable accomplishments in her life. She’s written and recorded “House of Secrets,” a song about her family’s secrets surrounding physical and sexual abuse, which has helped countless people come to terms with their own trauma. Her painful childhood experiences also became the genesis for “Pass the Mic,” a storytelling platform she [...]

2023-11-26T23:39:15-05:00November 26th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Sex offenses, Trauma|

Hear these ‘Inside Voices’ – November 2023

Give people mental health help More than 50 percent of all people will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, statistics say. That is a staggering statistic just in general, exacerbated when we consider “diagnosed” because many won’t be diagnosed. And without proper diagnosis, we begin to normalize [...]

2023-11-17T11:55:08-05:00November 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Courts, Elderly, Mental health, Sentencing|