Reentry

A Discussion on Creating Business Beyond Barriers

People who have been incarcerated routinely struggle with employment barriers, including a jobless rate that hovered around 25 percent before the COVID-19 crisis hit, according to the Prison Policy Institute.  Faced with unemployment rates the nation has not seen since the Great Depression and employer policies tilted against hiring people with a criminal record, thousands of [...]

2020-09-13T20:41:10-04:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Reentry|

The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform

Michigan has often struggled to find people qualified to fill certain jobs, such as skilled trades workers and health care professionals. Licensing laws that are structured to prohibit anyone with a criminal past from obtaining a requisite license and screening questions on job applications that rule out anyone with a conviction have deepened the skills [...]

2020-08-04T13:32:39-04:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Diversion, Recidivism, Reentry|

Pull up a seat at the Criminal Justice CAFE

I had been looking forward to this great opportunity as the new community engagement specialist at Safe & Just Michigan. Then, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put the state under shelter in place status the day after my first day on the job.  I couldn’t help but think about how exactly I could engage the community during [...]

An Evidence-Based Discussion to End the Sex Offender Registry

There are more than 44,000 people on Michigan’s bloated sex offender registry — more people than are incarcerated inside Michigan prisons — and this number grows yearly. For more than 90 percent of people on this list, registration is for 25 years to life. While there is a process to petition for removal from the [...]

2020-06-03T16:56:32-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Mental health, Parole, Recidivism, Reentry, Sex offenses|

Meet Rick Speck, Safe & Just Michigan’s New Community Engagement Specialist

For Rick Speck, the process of change relies heavily on role models — both having one and being one. While he was incarcerated, it was the presence of good role models that led Speck, now Safe & Just Michigan’s community engagement specialist, to turn his life around. Once that happened, he realized that he had [...]

2020-04-30T11:48:49-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Prison programs, Reentry|

The Need to Push Further and the Wall of Truth in Sentencing

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 protecting incarcerated people in Michigan prisons will help us advise state decision-makers, and helps those elected leaders feel confident as they make their choices. [...]

2020-04-23T14:32:51-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Reentry|

Join us for a VIRTUAL Day of Empathy

It has been a difficult few weeks full of changes and challenges for all of us, We want to send our best wishes to you, your friends, and to your family during these trying times. One helpful things to do during a crisis is to keep connected and maintain a sense purpose. That’s why we’re [...]

Day of Empathy 2020: What Can It Mean for You?

I walked into my first Day of Empathy event nearly four years ago feeling terrified, socially averse and embarrassed. I was ashamed and had been shamed. I had only recently completed my three years of incarceration and a bit more than two years of parole and probation. The memory of being paraded, in a bright [...]