Crime survivors

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|

Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill

Currently, the crime victims compensation act prohibits financial assistance to victims of crime that occur in a correctional facility. Senate Bill 845, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson (R – District 38), removes this prohibition if the prosecutor supports the claim. This bill will recognize incarcerated people and their families can also be crime victims that are [...]

Detroit wants improved health and safety through improved systems

On September 11, health and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at the Team Wellness Center in Detroit. The Team Wellness Center provides an array of comprehensive behavioral and physical health services in an environment that promotes quality of life, continuous improvement, and social awareness. [...]

2018-03-30T15:57:44+00:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Mental health, Topics, 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+00:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, 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+00:00September 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Law and Justice Committee Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform

On April 25, Rep. Klint Kesto (R-District 39), House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee chair, took testimony from national leaders calling for continued criminal justice reforms and investment in services that prevent crime and help crime survivors heal. Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, called on Michigan to continue [...]

2018-04-03T15:31:44+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Recidivism, Topics, Trauma|