Legislation

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Clean Slate bill package

On September 24, 2019 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in  Support  of  HB  4980-­‐85  (2019)​​. Safe  &  Just  Michigan  supports  all  of  the  expungement  reform  bills  and the focus of the testimony is on HB 4980  –  the  automatic  expungement,  or  “clean  slate”  bill.  Michigan  already  has [...]

2019-09-24T11:18:13-04:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Reentry, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on misdemeanor incarceration

On September 20, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. The testimony outlines how Michigan could drastically reduce the state's jail population by simply agreeing to discontinue the practice of incarcerating large numbers people for non-serious misdemeanors. Download>> Testimony Misdemeanor Incarceration

2019-09-19T14:58:56-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Jails, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

An effective community strategy: Clean Slate

Everyone makes mistakes, but people who have served their time deserve a second chance. While laws already exist to expunge past criminal convictions, only 6.5 percent of the people eligible take advantage of the process. That’s why Safe & Just Michigan supports Clean Slate legislation, which would remove certain convictions from a person’s record and [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Pay to Stay policies

On August 23, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. Safe & Just Michigan recommends two easy ways to address Pay to Stay practices. First, detain many fewer people by increasing our reliance on alternatives to incarceration and looking at incarceration as a [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on bail reform

On August 23, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. Safe & Just Michigan supports efforts to limit or eliminate the use of cash bail in Michigan. Download>> Bail Reform Testimony

2019-08-25T21:36:13-04:00August 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Jails, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on medically frail parole bill (HB 4129 – 30 & 4132)

On March 5, 2019 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 4129 - 30 & 4132.  Safe & Just Michigan has long supported creating a special parole for medically frail incarcerated people. HB  4129 ­‐ 30  &  4132  propose  an  important  first  step [...]

2019-03-06T09:33:48-04:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Legislation, Legislative Session, Topics|

Safe & Just Michigan testifies in support of HB 5377, objective parole

HB 5377, also known as objective parole, is one step closer to becoming law after being approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 5, 2018. The bill would reunite families, reduce Michigan’s budget by $40 million over five years and shrink Michigan’s prison population by as many as 2,400 people. The bill passed [...]

2018-09-05T13:18:22-04:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: 2017 - 2018, Legislation, Legislative Session, Parole, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Medically frail bills move on to Senate floor

Representative Dave Pagel (R – District 78) and Representative Peter Lucido (R – District 36) have sponsored legislation (HB 4101, 4102, 4103, and 5245) that permits medical parole for the medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance. The bills were voted out of the House of [...]

Senate Judiciary hears crime victim compensation fund bill

Currently, the crime victims compensation act prohibits financial assistance to victims of crime that occur in a correctional facility. Senate Bill 845, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson (R – District 38), removes this prohibition if the prosecutor supports the claim. This bill will recognize incarcerated people and their families can also be crime victims that are [...]