Community reinvestment

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|

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 [...]

2018-11-10T19:39:45-04:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Mental health, Sentencing, Trauma|

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 [...]

2018-10-24T10:40:51-04:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Elderly, Lifers, Parole, Sentencing, Trauma|

Parental incarceration: The impact on families and children

This Father’s Day weekend will not be a celebration for every child in Michigan – thousands of children will spend Father’s Day far from their incarcerated fathers. Men comprise about 95 percent of Michigan’s nearly 40,000 incarcerated population. Incarceration creates hardships to maintain family connections. People are often incarcerated far from home making family visits [...]

A new mission expands our policy work

There is a buzz in our office. It is the excitement from publicly launching our new name, Safe & Just Michigan. As a Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending supporter – aka CAPPS, you likely have received our communications, such as our e-newsletter, discussing the reasons for the change. We would like to provide [...]

2018-06-13T09:38:58-04:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Corrections budget, Parole, Reentry, Sentencing, Trauma|

Pulitzer prize winning author headlines 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

November 2 was a powerful and moving evening!  The 2017 CAPPS Annual Membership Meeting and dinner attracted over 200 people from across the state, including representatives from across the political spectrum, including business and community leaders, formerly incarcerated people and their families, crime survivors, and faith communities. The event featured author Dr. Heather Ann Thompson [...]

2018-03-30T16:00:52-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

A request for access, sustainability, and trauma services

The August 29 C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hearing was in Auburn Hills at the Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN). OCHN professionals, Oakland County Law enforcement, local leaders, and public health representatives from the private and public sector offered solutions for improved mental health services. National and local crime survivor advocates shared personal stories and urged enactment [...]

2018-03-30T16:11:09-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Diversion, Mental health, Topics, Trauma|

Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm

Troy Rienstra, CAPPS outreach director (second from the right in the photograph), helped convene an August 21 training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Detroit area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice (far left in the photograph), provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are [...]

2018-03-30T16:15:44-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm

Troy Rienstra, CAPPS organizer, helped convene a July 1, 2017, training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Grand Rapids area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are working to pursue policies that promote safer communities and help crime [...]

2018-04-03T14:43:55-04:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Crime survivors want investments in trauma services

On May 30, Rep. Klint Kesto (R-District 39), House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee chair, took testimony from crime survivors calling for investments in systems that help crime survivors heal and create safe communities.       Aswad Thomas provided powerful testimony about his experience as a crime survivor. He grew up playing basketball in Detroit. In [...]

2018-04-03T14:47:03-04:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|