Tell incarcerated people they’re not forgotten with #GivingTuesday and #LetMIPeopleGo

Safe & Just Michigan’s mission is to support policy changes that will bring about safer, more just and more equitable communities throughout ours state — including communities that reside within state prisons. However, for the past eight months, COVID-19 has largely been setting the agenda inside our prisons, affecting everything from visits to transfers and [...]

A Discussion on Best Practices for Second Chance Hiring

Employers shouldn’t shun job applicants who have been incarcerated or who have criminal convictions on their records, leading human resource experts said during a webinar co-hosted Wednesday by SHRM — the Society for Human Resource Management — and Safe & Just Michigan, a Lansing, Mich.-based organization that advances criminal justice reforms. The event, titled “Best [...]

2020-11-09T21:55:03-05:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Racial equity, Recidivism, Reentry, Substance abuse|

Metal Health Matters

It has only been a couple months since I took part in the Juvenile Lifers Summer Camp retreat. However, during this pandemic, time has somehow seemed to have slowed a bit. I was a little bummed because my friend Walter had informed me that he could not attend the latest Metal Health Art Workshop because [...]

2020-10-28T18:04:24-04:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Mental health, Recidivism, Reentry, Trauma|

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|

Blacklisted: The evidence-based reasons to end the sex offender registry

(Please note that portions of this blog use legislative and legal terms that aren’t Safe & Just Michigan’s preferred terminology. Safe & Just Michigan prefers to use humanizing person-first terms. However, as this post deals with pending legislation and existing laws, we are referring to them by their names for the sake of clarity.) Sex [...]

2020-05-25T22:23:17-04:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Sex offenses|

Get to know the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration recommendations

In January 2020, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration issued a list of 18 legislative action items that — if enacted — could revolutionize Michigan’s county jails and the lives of the people who come into contact with them. The task force drafted their recommendations after holding six meetings across Michigan. [...]

2020-01-31T03:46:08-05:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Jails, Mental health, Recidivism, Sentencing, Substance abuse|

What’s Next for the Clean Slate Package

Given the amount of discussion of the Clean Slate package lately, it would not be surprising at all to wonder where we are in the legislative process with this package of bills designed to greatly expand the clearance of public criminal records across the state of Michigan. Last Tuesday, October 29, the House Judiciary Committee [...]

2019-11-06T18:04:30-05:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Recidivism, Reentry|