Gongwer article: Lawmakers Planning Reforms To How Convictions Can Be Set Aside

With the underutilization of the state's current expungement process – allowing those who qualify to set aside certain convictions, which helps with gaining employment and seeing higher wages – lawmakers are looking at a variety of changes, including making it automatic. Under current Michigan law, those with one felony and no more than two misdemeanor [...]

2019-07-16T15:36:04-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources|

Commission Considers Sentencing Disparities and Michigan’s Habitual Offender Statute

The June meeting of the Criminal Justice Policy Committee (CJPC) included the introduction of a new chair, the results of new research conducted on sentencing disparities in the state of Michigan and a review of our state’s habitual offender statute. Overseeing her first meeting was the new Chair Amanda Burgess-Proctor, an associate professor of criminal [...]

2019-06-18T12:34:57-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Sentencing|

Leader of JustLeadershipUSA to speak at SJM’s annual dinner meeting

Safe & Just Michigan is proud to announce that DeAnna R. Hoskins, the president and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, will be our featured speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner Meeting. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 5:30 p.m, hosted at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Under DeAnna’s guidance, JustLeadershipUSA [...]

2019-06-13T14:39:32-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Topics|

Criminologist joins SJM team

Anne Mahar, Safe & Just Michigan’s research specialist, joined our team in 2019. She returned to Michigan, where she grew up, after teaching criminal justice at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. Anne said she went into teaching because she wants to bring about change in criminal justice reform — and she’s joining Safe & Just Michigan’s [...]

2019-05-30T15:47:52-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Introducing Veronica French! SJM’s new office manager

Safe & Just Michigan is pleased to welcome Veronica French onto our team as our office manager. Veronica comes to us from the Michigan State University Museum, where she worked as on collections assistant and then a member of the organization’s exhibits and administration team. In her new role, she’ll be, she’ll be working to [...]

2019-05-30T15:38:17-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Safe & Just Michigan welcomes new policy analyst

Safe & Just Michigan is excited to welcome Policy Analyst Josh Hoe to our team. Many of you may already know Josh from his work as an advocate for criminal justice reform and as the host of his podcast “Decarceration Nation.” He will be continuing that podcast while putting his expertise to use with us [...]

2019-05-28T16:04:39-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Women in Prison: Fewer but growing

While Michigan has seen its overall prison population steadily fall over the past years, this not been the case for incarcerated women. It’s important to note that women still comprise a very small percentage of the state’s overall prison population — just 5.4 percent. Unlike the male population, which is spread out among nearly 30 [...]

2019-05-09T12:19:26-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

The power of story

We held a meeting with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness at the Heartside of Michigan United Way in Grand Rapids and each of our meeting guests took a few minutes to tell their stories. There was a 25-year-old young woman who had been in and out of prison on drug charges, and now needed to [...]

2019-04-04T16:38:29-04:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Trauma|