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Safe & Just Michigan wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than a day to get together and have a good meal. It’s a day to take a moment and be grateful for all the good things and blessings in our lives. From the love of family to the support of friends and the fortune of meaningful work, we here at Safe & [...]

2018-11-22T07:25:36+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

We are hiring a community engagement specialist!

We are seeking a qualified candidate for our Community Engagement Specialist position. This full-time position requires a concentration of outreach activities in the Detroit area. The candidate is expected to have a presence at the Safe & Just Michigan headquarters in Lansing on a weekly basis. The position requires in-state travel. The community engagement specialist [...]

2018-11-20T11:59:59+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A visit to Lakeland Correctional Facility

On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, John Cooper, our associate director of policy & research, traveled to Lakeland Correctional Facility to present at the monthly meeting of Chapter #1013 of the National Lifers of America organization (“NLA”).  NLA is a statewide prisoner-based organization with an active membership in many prisons in Michigan. Its purpose is to [...]

2018-11-15T10:28:00+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

Supporting veterans by ensuring their needs are met in the justice system

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but when that day falls on a weekend, as it does in 2018, the federal holiday is also observed in a weekday, which is why Veterans Day is being observed on Nov. 12 this year. Safe & Just Michigan honors the spirit and sacrifice of all the people who wore [...]

2018-11-10T19:39:45+00:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Mental health, Sentencing, Trauma|

Get out and vote!

Nov. 6, 2018, is Election Day. Big decisions are being made in Michigan, from who should sit in the governor’s office to how political districts are drawn in our state. Political offices and issues being decided today include: A Michigan U.S. Senator Michigan’s congressional delegation (14 seats, but you will only vote for the seat [...]

2018-11-05T16:58:30+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry|

Proposals to Reform the Expungement Process

In our last blog post on expungement in Michigan, we discussed current reform proposals and made some recommendations about ways in which eligibility for expungement should be expanded.  We now turn to our recommendations for process-related reforms.   The Expungement Process in Michigan As we noted in an earlier post in this series, Michigan’s expungement [...]

2018-11-01T16:49:14+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

2018 Lame Duck Session: Criminal Justice Issues to Watch

Every two years, at the end of a legislative session, the Legislature has a post-election “lame duck” session, where the election results are known, but the existing Legislature has several weeks of session remaining in their terms.  The lame duck session tends to be chaotic — particularly when there is an impending change in control [...]

2018-10-31T15:02:16+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Juveniles, Parole, Reentry|

Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Meeting focuses on moving hearts and minds

Solving the problem of how to get more people to get on board with criminal justice reform was the theme of the night at Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Membership Meeting and dinner, held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event, attended by nearly 200 people, featured speakers Leon El-Alamin from [...]

2018-10-24T10:40:51+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Elderly, Lifers, Parole, Sentencing, Trauma|

Only one was sentenced, but a whole Michigan family does time in “The Sentence,” a documentary on HBO

Rudy Valdez didn’t intend to create an award-winning documentary when he picked up a camera and started filming his niece preparing for her first dance recital. All he wanted to do was capture the moment for the girl’s mother — Rudy’s older sister, Cindy Shank — who had just been sentenced to 15 years in [...]

2018-10-12T16:01:17+00:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Sentencing, Trauma|

Detroit Community Meeting – Sharing stories, planning for the future

September brought great legislative advancements to the cause of criminal justice reform in Michigan, such as the passage of objective parole, the governor’s decision to ban the box on state job applications and movement toward raising the age for 17-year-olds charged with crimes. Those topics were covered at the most recent Detroit Community Meeting held [...]

2018-10-04T16:15:24+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Reentry, Trauma|