Sentencing

What’s an “assaultive crime”?

The bills in the Clean Slate legislation widen the expungement process to include hundreds of thousands of people who had been excluded from it and also automate that process in many cases. However, the bills also contain terms that can be confusing. For instance, many bills refer to “assaultive crimes” without giving a clear definition [...]

2019-11-08T16:18:10-05:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Reentry, Sentencing|

Justice Votes 2020: Presidential Panel

In late October, presidential candidates and formerly incarcerated people came together in the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to discuss criminal justice reform. "Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall" was a joint effort of several organizations, such as Voters Organized to Educate (VOTE) and The Marshall Project, and was live streamed via NowThis. [...]

2019-10-30T23:33:25-05:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Racial equity, Reentry, Sentencing, Substance abuse|

Habitual Sentencing Enhancements in Michigan

Two weeks ago, the ACLU of Michigan, with state Sens. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) announced a forthcoming bill package to reform habitual sentencing in Michigan. The proposed reforms will address four concerns related to habitual sentencing, one of which was discussed in an earlier blog, that resulted in [...]

2019-10-02T23:14:09-05:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

The Final Meeting of Michigan’s Criminal Justice Policy Commission

Last week’s meeting of the Criminal Justice Policy Commission (CJPC) will be it’s second to last. Despite an effort in both the Michigan and Senate to extend the commission’s mandate at the last minute, there appeared to be no desire from the legislative leadership to give the CJPC second life. Michigan’s CJPCC was created by [...]

2019-09-26T13:29:18-05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Sentencing|

Life and Long Sentences

This is the third in a series of blogs related to understanding who is incarcerated in Michigan prisons, why they are incarcerated, and for how long. The first post looked at some of the demographics of our prison population. In the second blog, which took a look changing size of our prison population, we ended [...]

Factors that Impact Michigan’s Prison Population

This is the second in a series of blogs related to understanding who is incarcerated in Michigan prisons, why they are incarcerated, and for how long. The first blog addressed the first part of the question, of who is in prison; this blog is a general overview of the factors that impact Michigan prison population. [...]

2019-08-22T15:22:18-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing|

Reflections on the Ending Perpetual Punishment Convening

Image is from the Sentencing Project’s Still Life report:https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/still-life-americas-increasing-use-life-long-term-sentences/ Four members of the Safe & Just Michigan team attended the two-day convening on Ending Perpetual Punishment in Detroit on July 12-13. The aim was to bring together representatives from organizations who are actively trying to reduce life and long sentences, to discuss what [...]

2019-07-25T11:02:40-05:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Sentencing|

CJPC Discuss Changes to Michigan’s Habitual Statute

On July 10, the Criminal Justice Policy Commission held its monthly meeting, including a report from the PRV/Habitual Offender Subcommittee suggesting an amendment to Michigan’s habitual offender statute. Safe & Just Michigan supports changes to the Habitual Offender statute that would result in shorter sentences. One of the main drivers of mass incarceration is length [...]

2019-07-22T09:42:14-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Sentencing|