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Serious Misdemeanors Defined

The bills in the Clean Slate legislation widen the expungement process to include hundreds of thousands of people who had been excluded from it and also automate that process in many cases. However, the bills also contain terms that can be confusing. For instance, many bills refer to “assaultive crimes” without giving a clear definition [...]

2019-12-10T15:15:44-05:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Jails, Sentencing|

What’s an “assaultive crime”?

The bills in the Clean Slate legislation widen the expungement process to include hundreds of thousands of people who had been excluded from it and also automate that process in many cases. However, the bills also contain terms that can be confusing. For instance, many bills refer to “assaultive crimes” without giving a clear definition [...]

2019-11-08T16:18:10-05:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Reentry, Sentencing|

Justice Votes 2020: Presidential Panel

In late October, presidential candidates and formerly incarcerated people came together in the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to discuss criminal justice reform. "Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall" was a joint effort of several organizations, such as Voters Organized to Educate (VOTE) and The Marshall Project, and was live streamed via NowThis. [...]

2019-10-30T23:33:25-04:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Racial equity, Reentry, Sentencing, Substance abuse|

How will Clean Slate work?

The Clean Slate for Michigan package is a set of six bills that will transform how expungements are handled in our state. Once passed, they will open up expungement opportunities to more people, allow people to get expungements more quickly than before and automate the process in many cases. But since each bill handles a [...]

2019-10-08T13:02:16-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Recidivism, Reentry, Substance abuse|

Habitual Sentencing Enhancements in Michigan

Two weeks ago, the ACLU of Michigan, with state Sens. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) announced a forthcoming bill package to reform habitual sentencing in Michigan. The proposed reforms will address four concerns related to habitual sentencing, one of which was discussed in an earlier blog, that resulted in [...]

2019-10-02T23:14:09-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

The Final Meeting of Michigan’s Criminal Justice Policy Commission

Last week’s meeting of the Criminal Justice Policy Commission (CJPC) will be it’s second to last. Despite an effort in both the Michigan and Senate to extend the commission’s mandate at the last minute, there appeared to be no desire from the legislative leadership to give the CJPC second life. Michigan’s CJPCC was created by [...]

2019-09-26T13:29:18-04:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

Show up for Clean Slate

The Clean Slate legislative package has arrived, and now is the time to get on board and show your support and advocate for even broader reforms. The legislation is a set of bills that would, among other things: expand the number of people who are eligible for expungement, automate the expungement process in many of [...]

2019-09-20T15:52:00-04:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Recidivism, Reentry|

Clean Slate captures media headlines in Michigan

On Sept. 9, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced Clean Slate legislation to Michigan. If passed, this legislation will be crucial in helping people who have a criminal record and who have lived crime-free for years. This package of legislation would increase the number of these people who would become eligible for an expungement, [...]

2019-09-11T16:06:08-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Parole, Racial equity, Recidivism, Reentry|

The high cost of jail and pre-trial incarceration in Michigan

Now that the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration has started to meet, you will likely start to hear more about topics such as pay-to-stay, cash bail reform and jail diversion programs. The purpose of the task force is to draft recommendations that will guide the Legislature as it looks for ways [...]

2019-08-29T17:38:43-04:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Diversion, Jails, Mental health|