Evidence for Public Support for Decarceration amid Covid-19

The COVID-19 crisis presents an unprecedented challenge to our country that touches on all aspects of our society, including the criminal justice system. Knowing that there is broad public support for taking steps to protect incarcerated people in Michigan prisons will help us advise state decision-makers, and helps those elected leaders feel confident as they [...]

2020-04-01T15:27:04-04:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Safe & Just Michigan statement on COVID-19

In these are trying and uncertain times, we at Safe & Just Michigan want you to know that we are working to limit the impact of COVID-19 on people in Michigan's jails and prisons, to keep the public up-to-date on what is being done, and to support advocacy for diversion and decarceration both during the [...]

2020-03-27T11:00:05-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Elderly, Jails, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Old, sick and expensive: The graying of Michigan’s prison population

Michigan doesn’t have the death penalty, but that doesn’t mean people don’t die in our state’s prisons. In 2017 alone, 106 people died while they were incarcerated in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Statistical Report. Many of them were receiving treatment for medical conditions. Things like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and the advanced [...]

2019-04-22T16:16:57-04:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Elderly, Lifers|

Medically Frail Parole gets a second chance

Just a few months ago, it appeared as though legislators had no appetite for creating medically frail parole for incarcerated people in Michigan who can no longer accomplish regular daily tasks such as feeding or dressing themselves. After being diluted last year, the medically frail parole proposal finally made it out of the Michigan House [...]

2019-03-07T16:38:02-05:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

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 [...]

2018-11-15T10:28:00-05:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole|

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 [...]

2018-10-31T15:02:16-04:00October 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 [...]

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

Medically frail bills move on to Senate floor

Representative Dave Pagel (R – District 78) and Representative Peter Lucido (R – District 36) have sponsored legislation (HB 4101, 4102, 4103, and 5245) that permits medical parole for the medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance. The bills were voted out of the House of [...]

Medically frail bills move on to House floor

Michigan’s prison population is aging. It is the oldest in the country with an average age of 39. Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are over 50 years old and many have complex health problems that are getting steadily worse – and more expensive to treat. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported last year [...]

2018-04-03T13:55:30-04:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Parole, Topics|

CAPPS outlines path to reducing prison population at House Law and Justice Committee hearing

On May 2, Barbara Levine, CAPPS associate director, and John Cooper, CAPPS policy director, testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Rep. Kesto (R – District 39). Cooper identified the policies that fueled Michigan’s prison growth over recent decades. We currently incarcerate about 41,000 individuals at a [...]

2018-04-03T15:18:26-04:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Lifers, Parole, Sentencing, Topics|