Substance abuse

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|

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 [...]

2019-10-08T13:02:16-05:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Courts, Recidivism, Reentry, Substance abuse|

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, [...]

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

Northern Michigan seeks to expand services for rural communities

Northern Michigan seeks to expand services for rural communities On September 29, health, veteran, and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison and offered recommendations on how to improve services for people with mental illness. J. Dee Brooks, prosecuting attorney [...]

2018-03-30T15:56:18-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Diversion, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

Mental health: an issue that affects all of us

On September 7, health, business, and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at the Capitol. Their testimony emphasized the need to reduce the involvement of people with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. The Task Force seeks to develop legislation to reform mental [...]

2018-03-30T15:59:01-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

Southwest Michigan calls for improved mental health services

On August 17 the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hosted a meeting at the Hope Network office in Grand Rapids. Hope Network is an organization providing services that improve the independence of vulnerable populations. Rep. Kesto (R – District 39) opened the hearing by saying that he is seeking “insightful and cutting edge policy recommendations that makes [...]

2018-03-30T16:13:37-05:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

A call for meaningful treatment and services for the mentally ill

On July 31, veteran service, health, and law enforcement professionals testified before the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force at the Livingston County EMS building in Howell. The presenters outlined a variety of recommendations including specialized services, improved cross-system communication, and increased access to services. Testimony emphasized the need to reduce the involvement of people with mental health [...]

Barbara Levine appointed to new Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Commission

CAPPS is pleased to announce that Barbara Levine, CAPPS's associate director for research and policy, was appointed by Governor Snyder to the new Criminal Justice Policy Commission. Levine founded CAPPS in 1998 and served as the organization's executive director, until she decided to focus on research and policy beginning in 2012. CAPPS had long advocated for reinstating [...]

2018-04-05T13:54:14-05:00May 5th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Diversion, Mental health, Sentencing, Substance abuse, Topics|