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|

Ending never-ending punishment: your participation needed

Hakim Crampton is the statewide organizer for a national nonprofit organization, JustLeadershipUSA, that helps formerly incarcerated people find their voice and become strong advocates for criminal justice reform. Monica Jahner was recently appointed by the governor to Michigan’s Jail and Pre-Trial Task Force, where she will help draft recommendations on how our state can make [...]

2019-08-21T12:29:11-04:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry|

National Organization Hosts Training for Criminal Justice Impacted People

Safe & Just Michigan Policy Analyst Josh Hoe recently attended a two-day training in Detroit along with several other SJM staffers. These are his impressions of the event, hosted by JustLeadershipUSA. On July 20-21, Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) hosted a two-day emerging leader training in Detroit for justice-impacted people. Detroit represents the epicenter of an [...]

2019-08-13T11:17:50-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry|

We need to see you in August

Want to connect with others who are ready to reform the criminal justice system? Interested in learning how to be a more effective communicator when you meet with your elected officials? Do you want to hear the latest updates on the work to bring Clean Slate legislation to Michigan? Get your calendar out, because there [...]

2019-07-30T16:34:27-04:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

Why support Clean Slate? Let’s count the reasons.

Looking for a reason to support Clean Slate legislation? There are many. The proposal to expand who is eligible for an expungement of their criminal record and to automate the process of those expungements has many supporters, including the business community, faith community, criminal justice reform researchers and reformers as well as people who have [...]

2019-07-25T11:57:15-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

Leader of JustLeadershipUSA to speak at SJM’s annual dinner meeting

Safe & Just Michigan is proud to announce that DeAnna R. Hoskins, the president and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, will be our featured speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner Meeting. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 5:30 p.m, hosted at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Under DeAnna’s guidance, JustLeadershipUSA [...]

2019-06-13T14:39:32-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Topics|

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|