Recidivism

What’s Next for the Clean Slate Package

Given the amount of discussion of the Clean Slate package lately, it would not be surprising at all to wonder where we are in the legislative process with this package of bills designed to greatly expand the clearance of public criminal records across the state of Michigan. Last Tuesday, October 29, the House Judiciary Committee [...]

2019-11-06T18:04:30-05:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Reentry|

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|

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|

When jails have a revolving door

The Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration will meet again later this month, and the members need to hear from more people who have been directly impacted by the justice system at the county level. People who have been incarcerated in county jails, or who have loved ones who have been in jails, [...]

2019-09-09T16:26:05-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Jails, Mental health, Racial equity, Recidivism, Substance abuse|

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 [...]

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

Misleading Free Press headlines should not drive corrections policy

By Barbara Levine, executive director The recent Free Press series and its sensational headlines suggest that large numbers of released prisoners are roaming the streets assaulting and murdering citizens at will. Fortunately, the evidence does not support this extreme conclusion. Unfortunately, the disturbing image is what the public is likely to remember. If that image [...]

2018-04-11T16:44:56-04:00December 21st, 2012|Categories: Blog, Parole, Recidivism, Topics|