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House committees: worth a second look

The Michigan House of Representatives has a new speaker this session, Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), and he has announced that the House committee process will work slightly differently this session than it has in previous years. Until now, bills were sent to any number of standing House committees. Each of these committees had the ability [...]

2019-01-29T09:27:31+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Parole, Reentry|

Michigan Legislature sets new committee assignments

Both chambers of the Michigan Legislature have appointed members to their committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. These committees are an important part of the legislative process because they act as gatekeepers as bills make their way through the legislative process. Each year, thousands of bills are introduced to the Michigan Legislature by our lawmakers. [...]

2019-01-24T10:15:28+00:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Corrections budget, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Reentry|

Get out and vote!

Nov. 6, 2018, is Election Day. Big decisions are being made in Michigan, from who should sit in the governor’s office to how political districts are drawn in our state. Political offices and issues being decided today include: A Michigan U.S. Senator Michigan’s congressional delegation (14 seats, but you will only vote for the seat [...]

2018-11-05T16:58:30+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry|

Proposals to Reform the Expungement Process

In our last blog post on expungement in Michigan, we discussed current reform proposals and made some recommendations about ways in which eligibility for expungement should be expanded.  We now turn to our recommendations for process-related reforms.   The Expungement Process in Michigan As we noted in an earlier post in this series, Michigan’s expungement [...]

2018-11-01T16:49:14+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

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+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Elderly, Juveniles, Parole, Reentry|

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|

Clean Slate in Penn state

Lawmakers, community leaders, business advocates and even sports figures agree that thriving communities are at their best when all people who live in them are able to seek meaningful employment and obtain safe housing. It is a value that finds widespread support from all corners of the community and sides of the political spectrum. But [...]

2018-08-28T17:46:03+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Reentry|

A Brief History of Expungement in Michigan

A person’s criminal history can unfairly hold them back from important life opportunities in employment, housing or other areas for years — and even decades — after they have paid their debt to society. Michigan has recognized this for the past 50 years. Since 1965, Michigan law has permitted someone to apply to expunge a [...]

2018-08-23T10:23:06+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Reentry|